Friday, February 24, 2017

So Chic Kids - Fashion Sale

Something for your agenda lovely mamas!
Nest week, Tuesday 28th February don't miss So Chic Kids pop up sale. All my favourite french brands for cool kids at super discounted prices. Here's a little preview...

The So Chic Kids sale is a unique occasion to shop an amazing selection of preloved and new clothes from 6 months to 16 years. If you already love the So Chic concept you will love the kids event, be prepared to find clothes, shoes and accessories in perfect condition and a new stock from Bonpoint all that for a fraction of the price for your little ones! Shop the cool stuff, discover French brands from the rocking design of Finger in the Nose to the classic Bonpointgm style... Without breaking the bank!

Check out Bellerose, Emile et Ida, Louise Misha, Soeur, Bobo Choses for unique gems from your kids closet. All available next week at So Chic Kids event.













This time, the So Chic Kids event will take place in the newly open restaurant of Vendôme Paris on Umm al Sheif Road – Umm Suqeim 1.
Don’t forget to bring your kids after school as we have many surprises for them as a really 
French “crêpe party” from 4.00pm to 6.00pm.
Get the chance to buy the Pommes Kids ‘s furniture and the Iris Barcelona’s lunch box.
See you on 28th of February, I will be there!
Doors open at 7.30am to 7.00pm.
Facebook.com/sochickidsuae
Instagram.com/sochickidsuae



Monday, February 20, 2017

The Amazing Sunday Brunch ♥ Nikki Beach Dubai




Best way to start the week… Nikki Beach Dubai’s recently launched ‘Amazing Sundays Brunch’! Yesterday, we made the weekend last little longer at the stunning resort. Can’t wait to do it again!

When I am "off mama duty" and I get to chill and unwind by the beachside with my bestie, it’s gonna be a good time. It sure was - thanks to a great atmosphere, lovely setup and delish food. We loved the boho chic look, happy trendy vibes with cool tunes and live performances.

The brunch is from 12 to 4 pm, a simple elegant menu to choose from served at your table. Not the overwhelming buffet option. Everything was good, from a simple sushi selection, a choice of egg dish (favourite: Lobster oeuf cocotte), main course and a sample of mini deserts. The brunch including a selection of Frosé cocktails, beer and wine by the glass is AED350. The nonalcoholic brunch AED 250 including soft drinks, chilled juices, water (still and sparkling) and mocktails. The deal also include (subject to availability) a complimentary pool bed / beach access for after dining.

Loved the lively but not busy vibe of the week day brunch, feeling more exquisite and private. It’s a cool and classy brunch by the pool. A great option for girlfriends catching up over rosé wine and yummy food in beautiful surroundings. The service was super friendly, maybe not very efficient but when you feel on holidays, nothing to stress you about… you let it go.

A must do lovely mamas!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Happy girls at Cloud7 Dubai



Last week we checked out Cloud7, creative play area in Level Kids, CityWalk. Always a pleasure walking around the gorgeous department store dedicated to children fashion. Read more on our previous blog post.

The girls loved it! The creative play area offers candle making, ceramic painting, soap making and cake decorating. The team supervised and assisted the girls in their activities. Giving enough instructions to Luella and plenty of help to Josefin. They both enjoyed doing some hands on creative play and were delighted with the result.

After some messy crafty play, they spent some time in the building block area. My mini engineers were setting up a house and designing a bridge apparently. Finally a little experimenting behind the screen in the interactive digital lab. There is enough to keep the kids busy and engaged. After about 1h40 minutes, it was time to head home, girls would have been happy to hang out longer.






The deal
Standard entrance is AED100 for one hour of play and one activity (candle making, ceramic painting, soap making and cake decorating). Superior entrance is AED130 for two hours of play and two activities.




Wednesday, January 25, 2017

My Little Painter - Dubai artististic workshop for kids



We love supporting homegrown business specially woman with a passion. My Little Painter and the lovely team behind is on a mission to raise awareness of the importance of artistic exposure from an early age.

The ‘my little painter’ is specially designed for children to develop and enhance their artistic capabilities, creative talents and potential.

​They provide you workshop planning and ready to create Art Activity material for each workshop. Each workshop module designs are fun, engaging and educational for kids of eighteen months old to twelve years old. Each workshop will focuses on the fundamental skills of all visual arts and encourages the confidence and freedom of expression through art.

Thursday February 2nd, My Little Painter is hosting a free event on the occasion of the launch of their "Sea World" art activity kits and new workshops. See invite for details and reservation! Creative fun guaranty!

White Moss, Home Decor ideas



Last few days of final reductions!

Check out White Moss for beautiful, handcrafted products from its specially curated collection. Available to purchase online at white-moss.com.

Love the simplicity close to nature, creating a sense of peace and inner calm. Working with artisans to craft genuine products for it’s first collection, all designed and handmade on the island of Bali, White Moss uses only natural materials, in a neutral colour pallet that work in harmony with any home and complement any colour and style.

Have a look and grab some good deals before the end of January!
Collections include: Baskets, Cushions, Mirrors, Wall Hangings, Lighting, Children’s décor, 
Seating, and Accessories.

Happy shopping!

Curiosity Lab, fun and educational program for kids - We ♥ it!




This is definitely one of the most successful play date we had! Let me tell you about Curiosity Lab, a child enrichment program where children are treated as the scientists of tomorrow. They experiment. They interact. They explore. Kids loved it and as parents you will appreciate the fun educational angle to it. The Children get to experiment, interact and experience science and that's the best way to learn.

Moheb Nabeel (or just Mo) is the Founder and Chief Curiosity Officer of Curiosity Lab. He is responsible for all the teaching, research, development and inventions. Fantastic with children, engaging them and stirring their curiosity, Mo has manage to create a very cool learning concept. Children witness ingenious demonstrations of all scientific concepts. Learning is hands on; experiments are actually performed and not just read about. The results and their implications are worked out and not told. Learning while making fun memories.

Curiosity Lab offers Modules, a structured program of 12 classes (12 weeks). Each Module teaches an exciting idea, which is explored through twelve important scientific concepts for example : To The Moon...And Back!  and The Electromagnetic Kid. Classes are conducted at your home for small groups of four to six children. All material provided. AED 1500.

Also available for special play date and birthday party, sure way to get little scientists in the making very excited! Mo will inspire future doctors, engineers, inventors and scientists, by making them fall in love with science. Just like he did.

We highly recommend Curiosity Lab for the friendly and professional approach of Moheb. The play date was a fun learning experiment, a great sample of mini science experiments to get the little ones excited and curious about the wonder of the scientific wold. Entertaining as it is educational. Perfect for children from 5 years and up.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Birthday party for kids - Our fun filled day at The Dubai Mall



Last month, just before the winter break, we celebrated Luella's 8th birthday. Dubai offers many possibilities for birthday parties, so many venues and experiences. We usually kept our celebrations small like a "Cinema and lunch Party', 'Pizza in the park party' or 'Little Fairies party' in our garden. This year, the Dubai buzz got us into the next level. We made the most of the day at The Dubai Mall. Children loved it and the team behind Dubai Mall attractions was great, making sure, we as parents could just enjoy the celebration with the children.

Here's what we did and why it was a success. Hope it might inspires you or give you some ideas for your next child next birthday party.



Friday morning, 10am entrance of The Dubai Mall Ice Skating Ring. All the kids are excited to get their skates and helmet on and head to the ice for some fun. Some children already experienced ice skating but for some it was a first time. All level are welcome, thanks to the super cute penguin skating supports which they can cling onto. The staff and coach on the ice keep a careful eye on everything going on. Loved watching the children helping each other, holding on to each other and showing their different moves and tactics.

Luella and her friends spent one hour on the ice laughing and moving to the music. The birthday announcement on the speaker, upbeat music and mascot appearance made it all very special and contributed to a fun and friendly atmosphere.




After so much fun, we kept going, this time we took a short walk toward The Dubai Mall Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. It's always nice to go through the tunnel and look at the thousands of aquatic animals - over 140 species. Imagine, over 300 sharks and rays live in this tank, including the largest collection of Sand Tiger sharks in the world. Children, also got to take a ride into the Aquarium Glass Bottom Boat and feed the fishes.



One of the most popular birthday party attractions at The Dubai Mall Aquarium and Underwater Zoo is the Otter Encounter. It's fun experience to watch and greet the otters, understand and learn about behaviours and training. Very cute little creatures.



After so much fun and many activities, children were starving! Conveniently located by the Aquarium, the Rainforest Café is a great destination for birthday lunch and children celebration. The restaurant is great fun for kids. Entertaining for children, the decor deliver the right atmosphere and the food cater to little one taste. The staff was friendly and efficient, making the lunch with 15 children absolutely manageable. I got to enjoy some brazed beef ribs... yes it was yummy! Perfect conclusion of a busy and memorable kids birthday party! We loved and would definitely recommend The Dubai Mall as a birthday destination.

For pricing and package options please visit :
dubaiicerink.com/en/birthday-packages
thedubaiaquarium.com
rainforestcafeuae.com/birthday-bash

Happy celebration!




Sunday, January 8, 2017

Lost my name book - great gift idea


The girls were both gifted for Christmas this really LOVELY book. It's such a thoughtful presents for children, it ticks many boxes. This customized, personalized book for children is original, cool, creative, clever, well designed and to cherish for years. Have you heard about The little boy/girl who lost his/her name - by lostmy.name. It's personalized experience for children.


The story is about a little blond girl (customized to Josefin) who lost her name and goes on a adventure in search for the letter in his name. On his journey he meets up with an elephant , zebra, a tiger, a monkey... and so on.

I truly believe, it's a lovely gift idea for newborn, Christmas or birthday. It brings family together, it creates magic and inspire little ones.

The book is for children between 2 and 6. Easy to navigate the website, will allow you to personalize the story to your child. You can also customize a sweet message on the inside of the book which added a special touch and add to the thoughtful gift.

LOVE. 

Monday, January 2, 2017

That time of the year... resolutions.


Happy New Year everyone! All the best wishes often come with mindful resolutions. Are you making some positive changes, setting up goals or have you resolved to never make New Year's resolutions after too many disappointing tentatives?

It's said that to succeed you need to really want it! A common mistakes that people tend to make before they even start to get into their New Year resolutions, is to think about what they "should" do, rather than what they really want to do. Or even think about what they should stop doing, rather than what they actually want to achieve. That's something to remember when articulating and processing your thoughts. We need to really consider what we want, rather than what you should do or should stop doing. Let's get committed.

Easier said then done... I know.
Anyway, every year I seem to set myself up with the same commitment. Not always easy to measure my success but it's a guidance for the year to come. 2017, I will be the best mother, wife, daughter, sister and friend I can. The best me I can.

To do that, I need/WANT to get back into The (6-minute) Miracle Morning - HalElrod.com - it's been so good to me. Helped me focus and get my priority straight in the morning. Have you read my blog post - Miracle Morning: 6 minutes to change your life

The most common New Year's resolution is to stay fit and healthy. I agree that would be good and should be a priority. I just find out about Health Lab in Spinneys. I think those little proteins balls are gonna do the trick. Clean and nourishing protein balls, 100% natural to help fight sugar cravings, boost the metabolism, immune system, regulate the metabolism, build lean muscles and manage hunger levels. Sounds good to me.

Wish you all the best with your new commitments and exciting goals! Make the most of 2017! Love to you all.

We are back! Happy New Year 2017 xoxo


We are back from our wonderful Winter Holidays in Sweden!
It's been a lovely Christmas break with family and friends.
Now ready to start 2017!
Wishing you all a beautiful, healthy and inspiring year.
Lots of love from our family to yours.

Emily, Luella and Josefin.
xoxo

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Top Chef Cooking Studio - Winter Camp


After our fun afternoon painting, cooking , baking and getting into the Christmas spirit at Top Chef Cooking Studio, I would recommend their Winter Camp for kids. Running from Sunday 18th to Thursday 22nd of December, from 9am to 1pm, these half day classes will cover basic cooking skills under the guidance of Top Chef's professional team. Children get to eat what they have prepared afterwards and will bring home maybe a little treat for you to taste. When Culinary Art meets Fine Arts with the aim to develop and enhance their artistic capabilities, creative talents and potential. Each day, they will have 1hour of special activity related to food. Sounds all very fun to me!

For more details and pricing contact Top Chef Cooking Studio.
043855781
booking@topchefdubai.com

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Fun Giant Playhouse - cool gift idea


This is a great gift idea for the kids. Are you still looking what to get the little one for Christmas? This giant playhouse is a fun and safe place for your kids to play and learn.

Luella and papa had a great time putting the house together. It was not too painful despite the many pieces, apparently the foam bits easily joined together for a simple construction! It all worked well, following the instructions. Josefin made a mess while tagging along to the engineering fun. About 45 minutes later, the play house was up. Ready for Josefin to move in with her toys and snacks... happy little one!

This awesome playhouse has already provided hours of fun playtime. It's sturdy yet light and can be moved along (or put away). The EVA foam cubby house with chimney measures 79cm square, 1.25m tall, perfect for toddlers and pre-schooler.
Retail price: AED300.00
Available at Mumzworld.com

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Holiday Season is on and we love it!

There is something special about the Holiday seasons specially living in Dubai as an expat family in a multicultural environment. My husband has memories of Dubai since his toddler years and me since my teenager years, Dubai is our home away from home. We cherish this time of the year for what it is, a collections of traditions from our home country and memories from our childhood. Now as parents we know the importance of installing roots and creating family moments. I think our family opted for a colorful mixture of traditions from Sweden, France with also a touch America and a dash of Arabian nights. I think, it's important to know what "the holidays" means to you, and find creative ways to incorporate that in to your life abroad.



I wanted to create a fun Holiday photoshoot and ask my mama-entrepreneur friends how they celebrate Christmas in Dubai. Get into the Holiday spirits. It's also the occasion to get inspired by their suggestions from gifts for kids, home decor ideas and cool Holiday looks to wear during the festive seasons.

How cute is this Light Boxes and Letter Banner from A Little Lovely Company to set up the festive mood.

Olivia and Magali from adorable concept store for contemporary and well designed children furniture and play Caramel and Sun tell us about their Winter Holidays in Dubai.

Magali, what do you love about Xmas in Dubai?
Xmas in Dubai is exactly the opposite of what I have experienced as a child. But I love it as much. Here I feel the atmosphere is calm, relax. Many people have left the country to visit their family, and it is like for 1 week, the buz of the city calms down. You see your closest friends, gather the kids, go to the beach. Simple things!

How will you celebrate Xmas this year?
This year my parents are coming over from France. We will prepare our usual Chestnut Turkey and play Christmas songs. On the 24th evening, with the kids we will stair at the window, hoping to see the reindeers up in the sky! Kids will wake us up as early as possible on the 25th to open their presents and if we can get them out of the house (which may be difficult as they will be so busy playing with their new toys), we will most probably have a picnic at the beach with friends.

And you Olivia?
We will be celebrating Christmas Eve at the house with my husband and the girls. On the 25th in the morning, I believe Santa may have done a good job over the night so we will be finding out what he has bought us and then we will go over some friends to enjoy a nice BBQ. In Dubai, friends become your family ! We will play games and most probably end up in the pool or at the beach !

Any traditions you have started while living in Dubai?
Our Christmas in Dubai always finished at the beach! It's becoming our tradition on the 25th...

I absolutely love what they do with Caramel and Sun, and I find their spirit of entrepreneur and super mama to be inspiring. Browsing the boutique is always a sweet treat... Here's some of Olivia and Magali's favourite gifts ideas from Caramel and Sun. #DSBrecommends

Christmas Large Poster from OMY 
It’s never too early for Christmas! Prepare the holidays as a family while coloring our giant coloring Christmas tree from the brand OMY…. With connect the dots, color by numbers and glow-in-the-dark stickers, see if you can finish by Christmas Eve! A perfect holiday decoration to hang on the wall. SRSP – 90 aed

Christmas Placemats from OMY Make a lovely table and wait for Santa using our Christmas paper placemats from the brand OMY. All the family gathers around games, surprises and coloring of all children favorite theme.
SRSP – 115 aed

Storage bags from Play and Go
And how about using our Play & Go bags to store all the toys and gifts Santa has offered to your little one this year? The Play & Go bag is a simple and effective solution to toy storage, and it’s lots of fun. A 2 in one toy storage bag that doubles as a play mat. Even Lego storage is simple, and dolls, cars, balls and blocks can all be swiftly cleared away with one swing.
SRSP – 200 aed 


Light Boxes from A Little Lovely Company
If you want to even personalize your Christmas this year, go for our Trendy 'must have' A4 or A5 lightbox with three or two rows for all your quotes and messages! Original deco not only for the Livingroom and kids room but also for parties, births and weddings. Make up your quote or message and slide the letters on… over and over again!
SRSP – between 150 aed to 250 aed - 

Ride on metal car from Vilac The cool race cars, will make your children real racing drivers! Self-assembly, this is the perfect Christmas gift for kids from 18 month.
SRSP – 685 aed


Beige Indian Tipi from Vilac
Your kids will love playing with our Indian Tipi from the famous qualitative French brand. With its wood that does not break but simply wears down with time, it’s the perfect gift for all the family.
SRSP – 640 aed

The one and only letter banner from A Little Lovely Company
This banner is great for birthdays, announcements, and declarations of love or just to add a personal touch to your home, office or kids room. The letters are reusable so you can change your message as often as you like! This package contains: 138 cardboard letters, numbers and symbols and metal clips. Banners are available in 3 colors: Black, Pastel and White.
SRSP – 85 aed









Festive looks from Kidette Boutique
I had so much fun working with those lovely ladies and their adorable kids during our Winter Holidays photoshoot. For the children, I wanted to incorporate the world of Kidette Boutique, a beautiful multi-brand concept boutique for children. Kidette offers a large selection of brands from all over the world. I love the well curated clothing selection, things you won't find anywhere else in Dubai. The price range is also well set up, you are guarantee to find something special but affordable for your little ones. I picked festive looks in a non conventional way, lots of frilly tutus from Dolly, American Outfitters glitter sweatshirts, pretty dress with beaded details from Dorian HO while keeping comfort and practicality in mind. The world of Kidette is located in The Mall Jumeirah. The beautiful clothes, well design lush boutique and lovely customer service will impress you.


Festive fun for your Home Decor
When it comes to styling your house specially during the winter seasons, everyone want to get into the Holidays spirits and add some fabulous festive cheers to the house. If you are looking for creative fun glam (with budget in mind) for your home this Christmas, get inspired by Emilie from Stella and the Stars. Here's some tips and tricks from the very talented stylist and blogger. We love her energy and bold statement taste, because life is fun and should be fabulous.

Emilie, what do you love about Xmas as an expat? 
I am a newbie so I have no idea what to expect but as with anything new, I am actually massively excited. It's a new adventure, a new experience, we're going to embrace it all!

How will you celebrate Xmas this year? 
We are spending it with friends this year which we've never done before so really looking forward to a different vibe this year. We have booked a full Christmas day lunch in a fabulous hotel and have been invited to spend Boxing Day at friends with the kids.

Any traditions you have?
We celebrate it British style which is hard for me as in France most of the fun all happens on Christmas eve! Big dinner, presents etc we all do it on the 24th back home. I have learned to adapt and be patient until Christmas day which is not easy! ;-) my daughter Stella only just started to understand the concept last year, so we played the game by leaving cookies and milk for father christmas and carrots for Rudolph the night before. She was mesmerized it had all disappeared when she woke up. This year, she wrote her first letter to Father Christmas and we've also facetimed him so he could ask her what she wanted (yes there is an app that allows you to do that! bonkers)

How do you feel about your first Xmas in Dubai? 
Do you know what I am really really looking forward to? Spending Christmas day in summer clothes - pretty sandals and with no jumper! This will be my first Christmas holiday in Dubai (after 12 years in London) and there is something about being festive on the beach on Christmas day, right? I just can't wait. Am sure in a few years I'll miss being all snuggled by the chimney while it's cold and snowy outside for as a newbie expat, for now, I am really looking forward to spending it here, in the heat.



How will you decorate?
I know it sounds mad but I always, always leave it till the last minute! I plan for ages, research colour schemes for weeks, and end up decorating the tree the week before Christmas. I usually steer clear of anything traditional or red and green, because, life's too short to be boring and doing it like everybody else, and I usually go for a colourful scheme: pops of neon, gold, glitter, the more over the top the better. I am known for having sparkly unicorn christmas decs and back in London we had a pink Christmas tree... I'll let you imagine the vibe...

Please share 3 or 4 easy tips and ticks to decorate the house.
Having a toddler in the house has had an impact on how much I decorate and how I decorate the house at Christmas because things can potentially get ugly before the festivities even start (I can't think of anything more annoying than clearing broken baubles from the floor). I usually don't decorate the bottom of the tree to avoid any little hands stealing any of the decorations. And I try to use the ceiling to hang nice decorations like pompoms, and garlands - again nothing the littel people can reach and potentially destroy. Light is crucial and you really can't have too many fairy lights so I'd say stock on those for the perfect ambiance.And a wreath on the door is a must in my opinion. It just sets the tone the minute to get home. And don't forget about frangrances. Scented candles are a good way to make your home feel christmassy. Most candle brands will have a festive scent collection.

How to bring Xmas into the house on a budget? 
There is no need to spend a fortune to decorate your home for Christmas. There are plenty of fabulous options in the party decorations sections of department stores for example, like paper hanging decorations. If you don't want to spend a fortune on baubles, think of alternative ways to decorate your tree like little bows made of ribbon for example. If you can't justify spending several hundreds of dirhams on a tree, a good option is to by a wooden stand that you can use as a tree.



In the process, I had a opportunity to work with a lovely photographer, Racha Hallak. She has the patience and the kind spirit to work with children and a great eye for family photography. Thank you ladies! Getting together, working on a common vision together was the best part of this little adventure. Happy Holidays!



Photography credits: Racha / www.rachahallak.photography

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Retro Fun Fair at JBR The Beach


The Fun Fair at JBR The Beach
Easy afternoon playdate with ice cream treats or family weekend fun with the kids.
We check out the retro fun fair, the children loved the rides, arcade games and game stalls.
Favourite was 'Bumper Cars' and 'Pony Express'.

Totally out of our hood, we enjoyed coming down to that side of town for a 
fun morning with friends, amazing weather and good coffee.

10am until midnight

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Red Carpet Facial from Dr Rita Rakus



Last week, I gave my skin a treat! Absolutely loved it and need to tell you more about it.

After a media invite last month for the launch of ‘Doctor to the stars’, Dr. Rita Rakus exclusive non-invasive treatments at the award-winning Willow Stream Spa, Fairmont the Palm. I have been very keen to try out her latest non-invasive technologies, using only the highest quality products, and guaranteed to deliver natural and lasting results. Headlining the treatments at Willow Stream Spa is the BTL Exilis, a state-of-the-art radio frequency based system for skin tightening, body contouring and cellulite treatment and the VISIA skin analysis system and the popular HydraFacial.

My consultation started at 9.30am with the Visia skin analysis, a state-of-the-art facial scanner to assess an individual’s skin, identifying a wide range of issues from sub surface to age factors, thus allowing therapists to recommend a highly personalized and comprehensive skin rejuvenation programme. It was amazing for me to understand my skin condition, damages and what we can do about it. I was surprise to learn that my UV damage was very low for someone of my age living in Dubai for over a decade. Guess the SPF 50 does help! I was not taken back by the fine lines, large pores and pigmentation issues, we all know our flows. I would definitely recommend this facial assessment to understand your skin complexion health and appearance (wrinkles, spots, pores, texture porphyrins and UV spots) to outline a recommended treatment.



About 30 minutes later, the therapist was ready to start my treatment the 90 minutes Red Carpet Facial, which is the ultimate procedure. It incorporate all the benefit of the HydraFacial system and is then supplemented with award winning Exilis radio-frequency treatment. I understood the performance of the HydraFacial system, it simultaneously combines cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, hydration and antioxidant protection. The result is a clearer, better looking skin with no discomfort or downtime. I did notice an improvement with the appearance of my fine lines, congested and enlarged pores. I believe more sessions will improve hyperpigmentation and brown spots as well.

The second part of my Red Carpet Facial was The Exilis radio frequency and ultrasound therapy. It provides fast and effective skin tightening. Its a revolutionary non invasive procedure for wrinkles reductions and skin tightening. The therapist used locally and precisely controlled heat to achieve the result, my area of concern was around the eyes and forehead. I would need to consider a package of sessions to see the full results but my first experience was pretty convincing.

The treatment was completed with the application of award-winning Booster Serum from Dr. Levy Switzerland. I have been using Dr Levy serum for 5 weeks now and truly, see improvement in the texture and appearance of my skin.

Dubai our Sandbox recommends... YES!
- Lovely facilities. Award winning Willow Stream Spa which was recently named as Resort Spa of the Year, Middle East & Africa at the World Spa & Wellness Awards 2016 in London.
- With more than 25 years’ experience in London, Dr Rita Rakus, has become a market leader in the non-surgical aesthetic field, won numerous awards and travelled extensively on an international basis and set standards for practicing doctors.
- Loved the knowledge and understanding I acquire with the VISIA skin analysis system
- I saw immediate results (skin glowing and lifted) from the Red Carpet Facial, perfect for special events. Festive seasons is upon us... 
- Trust that more sessions of Exilis would benefit my skin condition, reducing fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation.

VISIA skin analysis 30minutes / AED250
Black Diamond HydraFacial 45 minutes / AED 980
Red Carpet Facial 90minutes / AED1900
more details

For more information
 +971 4 457 35 4546
palm.willowstream@fairmont.com
www.fairmont.com/palm-dubai/willow-stream




Sunday, November 13, 2016

Celebrate with Magnolia Bakery : Birthday Party




Magnolia Bakery is a family favorite and it's no exception to our family. Luella and I love the sweet and retro little bakery, for special treat. The quirky and retro Magnolia Bakery is a delight for afternoon treats and special occasions. Recently, Luella and I enjoyed a little selection of Magnolia cupcakes and got all excited about the beautiful cakes on display. We got thinking about celebration and family birthday coming up. Did you know that Magnolia Bakery is a great option for celebration? The beautiful american classic cakes freshling baked on premised using the finest ingredients are a sure hit with all children and grown up guests!





From cookies, brownies, blondies, cupcakes, red velvet cakes, coconut macaroons, cheesecake and more delicious sweet treats check out magnoliabakery.com menu and start planning your next event. The Magnolia team will be there to help you choose from a wide selection of freshly baked desserts, including beautiful tiered cakes, dessert table and custom cupcakes that best match the theme of your event and budget. For more information call 97142767034 or email magnoliabakerythebeach@altayer.com.

Happy celebration!
For inspiration follow MagnoliaBakery and  MagnoliaBakeryUAE on instagram



Saturday, November 12, 2016

Ronda Locatelli - great Italian family brunch




Today's family brunch at Ronda Locatelli was lovely - perfectly set up on a Mediterranean terrace among palm trees and luscious olives trees. Italian restaurant of acclaimed Michelin starred Giorgio Locatelli. We loved the many delicious classic Italian dishes who kept coming to our table. Rustic Italian cuisine, this Saturday Brunch, All’Italiana is a perfect family affair with a relaxed but elegant atmosphere. A great way to get family and friends together.

The girls loved making their own pizza with the pizza chef by the wood oven, but also were kept busy while painting little masterpieces with other little artists in the making.



Great weekend vibes we recommend!
Dhs195 per person including soft drinks, Dhs295 per person including house beverages
Children below the age of 11 dine for free

Ronda Locatelli
The Avenues, Atlantis The Palm.


Sharing my experience and reviews on Mumzworld.com / the Mumz Panel



I have been a mama for nearly 8 years and a blogger for 5, we have as a family tried, tested and experienced many products and services. That's why I am so happy and excited to be working with Mumzworld.com and be part of the MUMZ PANEL to help mums shop for the best products for their kids. If you are looking for recommendations and suggestions from prams, car seats,  educational toys and all kind of children gears, this panel of Dubai mums is for you!

So thats our news! Check out my edit of some products I really like and why. I will be adding new reviews weekly and sincerely hope to make your shopping experience easier. See you on mumzworld.com/en/mumz-panel, the #1 Mother, Baby and Child online retail in the Middle East. It's probably the most convenient and most cost effective manner of shopping!


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Celebrate with Magnolia Bakery - Baby Shower

Magnolia Bakery has been a favorite treat for years, from my time studying and working in NYC to now as a mama of two little girls with a sweet tooth. In 2010, when this beloved New York landmark opened up in Bloomingdale's Home-Dubai, The Dubai Mall, it was a great addition to the Dubai scene and a delicious news for us.



There is something special about the charming and quaint dessert boutique, often credited with starting the cupcake craze more then a decade ago. We love the sweet and retro interior of Magnolia Bakery as much as the delicious baked goods. Last week, we had a quick stop over at The Dubai Mall Magnolia Bakery for a signature pastel-colored buttercream-frosted cupcake we love the adorable interior and retro inspired experience.

Did you know that Magnolia Bakery is a great option when planing family event and special celebration? Looking to host a Baby Shower? Magnolia will help you celebrate your sweet moment with customized cakes. Check out this inspiration board for your next baby celebration.







From cookies, brownies, blondies, cupcakes, red velvet cakes, coconut macaroons, cheesecake and more delicious sweet treats check out magnoliabakery.com menu and start planning your next event. The Magnolia team will be there to help you choose from a wide selection of freshly baked desserts, including beautiful tiered cakes, dessert table and custom cupcakes that best match the theme of your event and budget. For more information call 97142767034 or email magnoliabakerythebeach@altayer.com.

Happy celebration!
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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Fun with Koita Organic Milk and Kris Fade

Did you catch us last Saturday at Carrefour Mall of the Emirates? Or on Instagram Stories? We had a great morning supporting a Dubai family business we truly like - Koita Organic Milk. The morning was a great success thanks to Dubai favourite radio man Kris Fade! We all had fun playing games, talking organic and sharing lots of chocolate milk. It was the biggest organic sampling event in the country, a celebration for the launch of Koita Organic Milk in Carrefour!








That's us with our friends from Seashells on the Palm, the lovely Koita family behind the brand, and Kris Fade with his family entertaining the crowd. Good time!



Koita Organic milk is now available in most supermarkets like Carrefour but also online. Like us, get the best for your family, drink clean milk with no toxic pesticides, no artificial hormones and no antibiotics. Tasty and yummy guarantee!

Eat good, feel good do good!