Thursday, March 31, 2011

Inflating the Easycarseat



Inflatable, portable travel car booster seat. What do you think about this new product?! Retail price is around $90. www.easycarseat.com

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Colourful greens

“How do I get my child to eat vegetables?”, here is a few tricks that might be helpful. Good luck.
www.blog.littleonebooks.com

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Getting Easter inspired (already)!

Less then a month to go before Easter time...

How cute are those little marshmallows chicks!?
For more ideas visit, www.livinglocurto.com.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Hop on!

New attractions in town…
Take the kids out and about the iconic attractions in Downtown Dubai (Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, The Palace, Burj Park, Souk Al Bahar,....) using the new Trolley Buses. We love the retro feel of these Trolley Buses and the convenient hop on-off system with the purchase of one ticket for the whole day use. Tickets can be purchased on the bus. Children below the age of 12 travel for free. photo GulfNews.com




Another “traveling” experience to try out is at Dubai Mall. Discover The Kiddie Express, a magical journey through the streets of the Grove. Tickets can be purchased at The Grove, ground level. AED 25 for adult and AED 15 for children.

Street Fun

Come and join the fun, 10 days of street festival at Dubai Marina Mall Promenade.
Check out the schedule and find out about the international award-winning artists performances, on www.dubaistreetfestival.com.

March 24th until April 2nd. Free event.
Great entertainment for the whole family! See you there...

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Craft - easy !

A quick craft idea, I picked up inspiraion somewhere online... Sorry don't seem to remember where...

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Cine mama



Come, walk the red carpet and join the fun, Mamavents brings us again Cine mama, a great event for family and kids. April 16th, Grand Mercato Jumeirah, exclusive screening of the movie "Hop" (see trailer above), starts at 12 noon, with loads of fun activities and party setting beforehand.
Tickets are AED55 per person and includes drink and popcorn...
Checkout mamavents facebook for more details.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Keffiyeh bibs

Looking for a baby gift with a twist and symbolic of Arabic heritage? Omalillo offers a cute collection of bibs/ scarf for babies using the traditional and distinctive woven checkered pattern fabric worn by Arab men.

Wearing Keffiyeh scarf in colorful design and flowery embroidery is a popular trend for adult. Now Omalillo offer a trendy child friendly version. Check out www.omalillo.com or facebook
Retail price is 85AED. Available on Omalillo website, Bumble Bee shop in Dubai Mall and at ARTE SOUK at Time Square, on April 8th.





I
can hear some comments rising… Here’s my point of view…

Despite some controversy (symbol of Palestinian nationalism), the original Keffiyeh is actually a traditional Arab headdress. It has no religious or political symbolism unless the person wearing it has intentions to make any.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Mother's Day gift for good


Another suggestion for the daddies and papas out there...
Luxury brand Giorgio Armani with Green Cross International is releasing a limited editions of its best selling Acqua di Gio and Acqua di Gioia parfums for a good cause. The  “Acqua for Life Challenge” is a global campaign to promote access to 40 million liters of drinking water for communities around the world with no access to clean water.

Every bottle of Acqua di Gio and Acqua di Gioia parfum sold will generate 100 litres of drinking water per year for children and their communities in need. Check out www.acquaforlifechallenge.org to understand the whole campain and follow its the progress.

Each bottle of Acqua di Gio and Acqua di Gioia parfum will come with an individual Facebook code on its box which will allow the buyer to become a member of Acqua for Life and create their own support group. More info on www.facebook.com/acquaforlife

Note: March 22nd is World Water Day, www.worldwaterday.org

Animal lovers


The Animal Sanctuary and Petting farm is a unique educational experience in the UAE. Children will love to feed and hold the animals, learn about the species and how to take care of them.

Most of the animals at the sanctuary are donated, unwanted or rescued animals. The center is a non-profit organisation run by a team of volunteers and animal lovers and rely on donations alone.

Come and see Sloth, Porcupine, Cockatoo, Ponies, Deer, Llamas, Guinea Pigs, Rabbits, Ferrets, Goats, Cows, Flamingo, Baboon, Ducks and more…

We heart this very friendly and family oriented venue. Give your support, volunteer your time or visit the farm and for more info/location check out:


Saturday, March 19, 2011

Pretty Yummy!

 I wish it was Luella's birthday this week, I would make those cute brownies "popsicles". Check out the "how to make" on www.loveandtwentytoes.blogspot.com. Lovely blog.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Mother’s day, idea for Dad!


For all the daddies and Papas out there looking for a way to wow mom on her special day, here’s a suggestion…

Create a video to show your love with a little help from  animoto.
Choose a templet, a music, upload photos and video, animoto’s magic will do the rest.
The result is a 30sec video homage. A lovely gift…

Fun with Mom

FunSquare is organising an afternoon tea party for moms and kids, with loads of activities (face painting, arts&crafts, magic show, playtime, snacks...).






FunSquare at Time Square Center, April 3rd, 3.00pm to 6.00pm.
Entrance is 50AED per child.
Limited space.
Email fun.square@tscuae.ae to pre-book!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

I see green

Happy St Patrick's Day!
Make and Takes is a great website with loads of fun craft ideas and recipes.

Have a look at the "green stuff" selection, (green candied popcorn, apple prints, rainbow puddings). Enjoy.
www.makeandtakes.com

Monday, March 14, 2011

Happy time recipie

We love blowing bubbles! Enchanting and timeless activity… 

Home made bubbles (in case you forgot):
materials:
2 1/2 quarts water
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 cup clear liquid dish detergent
steps: 1. gently mix the water and corn syrup in a large container
2. add the liquid dish detergent and lightly stir. do not over mix or mixture will get too bubbly Solution
Wands ideas… Look in the kitchen…
Potato mashers, wire whisks, cookie cutters, straws...


Sunday, March 13, 2011

Mickey is in town!



A new magical event for kids is coming up! Come and see Mickey’s Amazing Adventure, this Disney show will feature many of children favorite Disney characters .  Be ready for music, dance and great fun for the whole family.
Mall of the Emirates, from March 25 – March 31. Catch any one of three shows throughout the day: 4:30, 7:00 and 9:00pm.
Mickye’s Amazing Adventure will begin at the Central Atrium and proceed through the mall and conclude at Magic Kingdom.
This event is free. For more information, visit www.mydsf.ae

Something pretty


Have a look at the new RL Gang animated storybook from Ralph Lauren. A sweet and creative way to show the new children clothing collection.
Narrated by cool mum Uma Thurman.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Creative wear

Cool buy! Maybe not for Dubai weather but for a trip back home this fall…These fun wellies, come with a decorating kit. Kids will love to create their unique personalized design.

From super cool shopping website, www.sandypants.com.
Paint your own funky wellies, by Little Pals, AED 99

Friday, March 11, 2011

Pursuit of Happiness

My next read will be “The happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin.
I came across some book reviews that made me want to pick up a copy at Magrudy’s. Getting inspired already...

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Bonjour Facebook

Dubai our Sandbox made it to the Social Network...
www.facebook.com/pages/Dubai-our-Sandbox
Share the love!

Cool Zoo Vs Vintage Bliss

Concept stores are a blooming trend. New addition to our city…
Located under one roof are The Zoo Concept and Bambah Vintage, two really cool shopping experiences with contrasting interior.

The Zoo with cement walls and raw finishes displays with humour playful objects (fun gifts), unique clothing, cool accessories and some artsy pieces.

Cross over to the next room for a girly flashback in time. Enter into Bambah, vintage “closet”, and discover a collection of lovely, retro and quirky dresses, shoes and accessories. Candy for the eye and inspiration for all fashionista.

The Zoo and Bambah are located opposite the Dubai Zoo, Jumeirah Beach road!

Note: Should have taken photos!! Sorry, on next visit or go see for yourself.

On the shelf

A new magazine is launching next month in Dubai: Mother, Baby and Child Magazine. I look forward to discover the first issue of this new monthly editorial for new mothers.

“MBC not only talks about information relevant to the mother and her family but also has a section entitled "Mama Me-Time" with all sorts of information for a mother as a woman with inspirational articles, advice, product reviews, spa reviews, hotel reviews, and much more!”

The Mother, Baby & Child Magazine launch party is April 13th, at the Westin, RSVP to amy@cpidubai.com for free invite.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Fun for rent

Shift of perspective

Browsing online, I find this lovely book “Where Children Sleep” by James Mollison. It's a beautiful photography book about children and their bedroom around the world. The fascinating photos and stories unveil a striking contrast between each space. “I hope this book will help children think about inequality within and between societies around the world” says Mollison in his introduction.

Read the book online: Where Children Sleep, James Mollison




Saturday, March 5, 2011

They can help!

Mumcierge.ae is a new website service provider for busy mums in Dubai.
“Whether you need an extra pair of hands, short or long term, or if you can't be in two places at once, Mumcierge is the answer for mums who have too much to do and too little time to do it in.”
The different membership plan offer you different privileges to a simplier and more fabulous life… Visit: www.mumcierge.ae to get all the infos.

Mumcierge will launch March 23rd 2011 at the new Lime Tree Café & Kitchen in Al Quoz, 9.30am – 11.30am.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Little Geeks

Have a look at the beautiful apps “TouchyBook” for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, or Android. Create a bookshelf of lovely interactive books for kids. Now you can stir their creative mind and love for toddler literature anytime on the go…
www.touchybooks.com or visit iTunes

No iPad, no iPhone check out www.onemorestory.com. An online library of wonderful classic and more contempory stories for children.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Healthy food, they might even like !

Looking for healthy yummy food ideas for kids?
Check out super cute blog www.superhealthykids.com and meet Amy, a mother of three kids, a graduate of Health Education, and food lover.


Visit her blog for new ideas on getting your children to eat more fruits and vegetables, more whole grains or just getting healthy as a family.

Note: Luella and I got cooking yesterday and made the blueberry muffins, success!!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

ZumbaMumba

I recently heard about Zumba, the fun cardio/shake your booty dance class based on a fusion of Latin and International music that creates a dynamic and effective workout. You sweat, you dance and you party (except the mojitos though). If you are not familiar with the “party yourself into shape” concept visit: www.zumba.com

Well now I hear about ZumbaMumba class, for mothers and babies/toddlers. One hour of fun, calories burning dance moves with the little ones seems to be the perfect work out.

The class runs every Tuesday at 10am at Angsana Spa Dubai Marine and cost Dhs50. Follow by a coffee afterward.
Visit: www.purefitnessaue.com for more info on ZumbaMumba and other mother and child class. Get moving!


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Cute food for kids


I came across some really sweet food ideas on www.cutefoodforkids.com.

How adorable are those mini babybel!? I will surprise Luella tomorrow by placing a little red head doll in her snack box.

Have a look get inspired…

Not a scoop but a reminder!

Dubai flea market is coming up! Time for family outings and great bargains.
See below for timing and locations or visit www.dubai-fleamarket.com

Dubai Flea Market at Al Safa Park:
When: The Dubai Flea Market at Al Safa Park is taking place every first Saturday of each month, starting from October to May.
Opening hours for visitors: 08:00 - 15:00
Where: Al Safa Park, Entrance Gate 5, Al Wasl, Dubai

Dubai Flea Market at Uptown Mirdiff:
When: The Dubai Flea Market at Uptown Mirdiff is taking place every second friday of each month, starting from December to May.
Opening hours for visitors: 3pm - 9pm
Where: Promenade Courtyard / Uptown Mirdiff

Dubai Flea Market at The Galleries, Jebel Ali Downtown:
When: The Dubai Flea Market at The Galleries in Jebel Ali Downtown is taking place every second saturday of each month, starting from March to May.
Opening hours for visitors: 10am-3pm
Where: The Galleries at Downtown Jebel Ali