Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Old Library since 1969

A Dubai treasure: The Old Library, Dutac, Mall of the Emirates.


"Dubai's leading English Language Lending Library with over 1800 family and individual members. It is a non-profit organisation which is run entirely by volunteers as a service to the Dubai community."

The library as a collection of 19 000 books with a great selection for children. They offer some toddler story time on Sunday morning (check website for details), a book discussion for expat woman and currently a colouring competition.


Saturday to Thursday: 10am to 6pm
Friday and Public Holiday: closed



Joining fee: 50AED
Annual subscription fee: 200AED


There is something special about libraries, I just really enjoy theme.
photo:theoldlibrary.ae

Lily May Day

May Day is celebrated in many country on May 1 and refers to public holidays like Labour Day. Back home in France, we have the sweet tradition to offer a spring of lily of the valley on May 1, as a symbol as springtime and to bring good luck and happiness.


In my effort to do something special to celebrate every holiday I can think of... I looked up online for ideas and recipes that would make this day a little special. Thanks Martha and Kaboose.
Happy May 1 everyone!
photo: blog.autreshop.com

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Frozen Summer Treats

Today we will be in the kitchen making fruit popsicles! We got popsicle molds from our local supermarket and some lovely ripes fruits, we are ready for a treat. Can't wait for Luella to play in the garden and refresh with our home made pops. It's gonna get messy...


Here's the recipes for today:
ingredients
3 cups ripe fresh fruits chucks (watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, pineapple)
1/2 cup of superfine sugar
3 tbl sp of light corn syrup *
1 tbl sp of lemon juice
2 cups of yogurt (try also vanilla yogurt)



In blender, puree fresh fruit with sugar, corn syrup, and lemon juice until very smooth, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add yogurt and blend until smooth. Taste mixture and adjust sweetness, adding more sugar if needed. Pour mixture into pop molds. Place tops on molds and insert wooden sticks. Freeze at least 4 hours before removing fruit pops from molds.
* not sure about corn syrup, might skip that one?!


For more easy and delicious popsicles recipes visit: www.countryliving.com

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Join the club

Looking for new friends for yourself and the kids? Dubai community offers many mother and child groups, coffee mornings and kids events - see "helpful" from pregnantindubai.com.


Mumcierge.com is the new best thing for busy mum looking for a "one stop shop" for all mother and baby services that are available in the UAE. Check out their friendly coffee mornings and kids activities.


While browsing on Facebook, I find out about Mum in Dubai and Desi Mums, babes and totes. Two relatively new free online community for mums and mums-to-be living in Dubai. They organize friendly meet ups, kids playdates and events... fun!


Have a look, mingle, make friends...
photo: eyefetch.com

Monday, April 25, 2011

Sand Castle Competion

"With a bucket and a spade. Show us what you have made. A fabulous sand castle fit for a king? 
Send us pics and you could win. Get voted 'the best' by the crowd. A My Gym prize will make mummy proud!"

To win this competition (a surprise from My Gym), take your kids to the beach, build a beautiful sand castle, upload the photo on "Kids Fitness Made Fun facebook page", vote for your favorite, and get your friends to vote as well. 

Last day to upload is May 5th 2011.
Good luck.

Parenting workshop


Looking for parenting help and advice on how to bring out the best out of your child?

The Positive Resourceful Effective Parenting program, in collaboration with The Incredible Years (U.S.A.) is now exclusively available in the UAE through a certifed Developmental Psychology Specialist, Naeema Jiwani M.Sc.(UK), at the Human Relations Institute, Dubai.

The objective of the PREP program is:  to promote emotional and social competence in children and to prevent, reduce, and treat behavior and emotional problems in young children, through parental skill development.

Naeema conducts a serie of workshops  'Positive Relationship Building and Behavior Management Strategies for Parents'.

Some of the topics covered in the Parenting Skills Development Workshop include: 
- Using child - directed play to create a strong positive relationship with your child
- Learn how to develop emotional, social and academic coaching skills  
- Establish routines and effective limit setting for your child's behavior
- Positive discipline techniques to manage your child's inappropriate behavior
- Teaching children to problem solve and develop their critical thinking skills


For registration or further queries contact: 
Human Relations Institute at
Dubai Knowledge Village - Block #13, U.A.E
E: naeema.jiwani@hridubai.com or hri@hridubai.com
T: (971-4) 365-8578
M: (971-50) 778-2786

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Celebrating Earth Day tomorrow (and everyday)

Earth Day has become an international celebration of all things environmental. Here's a few links to help you know more about the event facts, history and how to do your "part" while having fun with the kids.
Have you heard of any Earth Day events in Dubai you would like to share?
www.earthday.org
www.holidays.kaboose.com/earth-day

photo: easywaystogogreen.com

Quick look at Easter history

Wondering where the Easter Bunny and Eggs traditions come from? Looking for some last minutes Easter ideas. Check out: Disney Family and Fun. The website has loads of craft, recipes and games ideas, for all occasions and holidays.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Something pretty fancy

Meet Dalia and discover her range of beautiful, unique, quality handmade items for babies and toddlers that you will not find anywhere else in the UAE. Each item has been carefully selected from around the globe and personally tested by Dalia and her son to make sure of quality, functionality and safety. 


Pretty Fancy Things sales through open house sales and occasional UAE events. Check out her facebook page  or prettyfancythings.com for up coming events.


Next event will be taking place at Mini Monsters soft playground in Dubai on May 3rd, from 9a.m. to 2p.m.

Let's get shopping! For something sweet and special... all hand made.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Dubai blog community (part 2)

Thank you all for coming forward, and for sharing your comments and blog suggestions. 


I am pleased to get to know our blog community here in Dubai... It's a big family!  And there is something for everyone...




Tickle my fancy
"Where I get to decide what's fancy... and of course, what's not."
http://doifancy.blogspot.com/


Diva Times
"Your quirky online little black book"
http://www.divatimesdubai.blogspot.com/


The Hedonista
"Living the life of pleasure: food, wine, sunshine, with the occasional pipe... of shisha."
http://www. thehedonista.com/


Baby loves to travel
"Global travel with your kids should be simple and fun"
http://www.babylovestotravel.com/


Mrs Madison's Dubai
"An unapologetic blog about Dubai types"
http://www.mrsmadisondubai.com/


Happy reading!


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Something pretty (again)

Looking for something sweet to the eyes and inspiring to your mind?
"Styled", online magazine is just what you need. It's like home made lemonade on a hot summer day, like blueberry pie and fresh cream or the scent fresh linen...

Enjoy!
http://asubtlerevelry.com/styled

Say Hello to Kitty


Hello Kitty and her friends are in town! Come see them rock the stage in a Dance Party Show at  Burjuman. After the show, children have the opportunity to meet the sweet little kitty. Don't miss it. The Hello Kitty Show will be held at the Observatory (opposite Virgin) in BurJuman from April 14-23 with shows taking place twice a day at 5:30pm and 7:15pm on weekdays and three time a day at 5:30pm, 7:15pm and 9pm on weekends.

Martha on iTune




Martha Stewart eggs application on iTune, your solution to egg decorating this Easter!
"Find great ideas by the dozen in this brand-new app with signature Martha Stewart style. This spring, go beyond the familiar and create extraordinary eggs. With the swipe of your finger, browse a gallery of 101 eggs, each one more charming than the last—and fun to make for both kids and adults." $0.99


Visit iTune store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/egg-dyeing-101-from-martha/id426486391?mt=8

Monday, April 11, 2011

Dubai blog community (part 1)

Here's a few suggestions (interesting, fun, inspiring) for online reading... Get to know the Dubai blogger community...


The Emirates Economist
"Economic analysis of events in the UAE and Gulf"
http://emirateseconomist.blogspot.com/


Dubai Sally
"My name is Sally. I am living past few years as housemaid in Dubai. I using my maam computer when she not at home. My friend she show me how use blog. She clever she know computer. My maam she not know I write about my work and my life. Please do not tell her."
http://dubaisally.blogspot.com/


Dubai's desperate housewife
"Trials and traumas of a full-time mum in Dubai"
http://mrsdubai.wordpress.com/


Britney of Arabia
" The adventure of a Manchester gal in Dubai... and beyond ..."
http://britneyofarabia.blogspot.com/


Lick my spoon
"Recepies that will make you wish you had more"
http://lick-my-spoon.blogspot.com/


UAE Community Blog
"A forum to unite great UAE web diarists"

Any suggestion of blogs for my part 2? 
Are you a blogger? Want to share with us your blog"

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Action Pack yourself


Looking for spring activities, look no more and get "Action Pack" a mini magazine for kids +7. Available in an easy download  PDF format for $5, it is packed with 25 pages of projects. You will find craft ideas, gardening projects, science, cooking, drawing and more... Plus an Easter special. www.whipup.net
My only wish: some activities for younger kids...

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Celebrating Spring

Today was the Easter/Spring hat parade at Luella's nursery... Very sweet event. 


Wishing you all a great spring break with family and friends!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Easter Tea Party!

Hop over to The Palace, Old Town for a memorable Easter treat. Benjamin Bunny is having a tea party with lots of activities like Easter egg hunting, story telling, face painting, pancake making, egg decorating...



April 23, 3pm to 6pm, Dhs 140 per adult.
For more info: 04 4287806

Meet DubaiDadsClub

After the success of DubaiMumsClub, the online social community for mothers, we are happy to hear about the lauch of DubaiDadsClub.


The place for fathers around the United Arab Emirtes to share infos, advices and all kind of tips. Check it out: www.dubaidadsclub.com

Today's activity: wheat grass

Looking for an eco friendly activity? Growing Wheat Grass is a lovely spring activity for the children. They will love to plant, water and watch it grow... It's perfect for Easter time as it can be decorated and use as a center piece or table display.

Simple supply:
- wheat seeds ( got mine at the organic shop)
- potting soil
- container
- water

Be inspired, read more about growing wheat grass on http://smilinggreenmom.com. A cool website for "Green Mom"!


Friday, April 1, 2011

But why!?

So many questions!!! 
The other day at the park, a little boy was asking his mother questions starting with "why" non stop. Why is the sky blue? Why are ants so small? Why do I get a bruise and why is it blue? And so on... I panic just thinking of all the answers that I am going to have to come up with, with in a year...
Check this cool website, www.whyzz.com.
No more panic!