Friday, June 24, 2011

Swedish festivities

Happy Midsummer (Glad Mid Sommar in Swedish)! I have been celebrating this wonderful  swedish summer celebration for the last 10 years... And I love it. In Sweden it's a national holiday, celebrated on the Friday closest to June 24th. Its an ancient pagan fertility celebration.

How to celebrate?
Decorate a Maypole (in Swedish Majstång) with flowers and leaves. Gather friends and family to dance and sing around the celebrating pole.
Make flower wreaths to wear on your headattaching flowers, leaves and twigs to a wire wreath frame. 
Invite friends and family over for dinner. Festive gatherings are an important part of Swedish traditions and take on special meaning during the solstice. 

Serve your guests traditional Swedish food like new potatoes, herrings, salmon. Prepare fresh strawberries and ice cream for a perfect mid summer desert. Skål! 

This year, it's slightly different, we are celebrating in Dubai... :)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

colourful ice

Looking for another summer activity? Luella made some colourful ice cubes at nursery yesterday... It was lovely to see the children getting messy. I looked it up online, and find this article (and very good website), on ice cube painting. All you need is ice cube trays, food colouring, water and paper. Enjoy the fun!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Sparkles made for you

Have you heard about “Sparkles”, the unique collection of all things personalized  and sparkling. Well, meet Sejal Patel the creative mind behind this lovely idea. From her love of pretty things and her background as a designer, Sejal launched her business adventure. 

Dubai our Sandbox love the personalized chocolate wrapper, perfect for all celebrations – baby shower, birthdays, holidays…  A real treat!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Daiso secret

Actually, it used to be a little secret! From a remote location in Lamcy Plaza to a brand new location in Oasis Center, Daiso is becoming a major hit. So what's the deal? Japan based, Daiso offers exclusively Japanese bargain products. Most items have a 7AED price tag! Nothing above 100AED.

There is something "exotic" about buying quirky Japanese stuff. And stuff it is... you can find pretty much everything, from kitchen items, beauty products, fun stationary, kids toys, pets supply, practical plastic fantastic, crockery, artifacts and so much more. There is something for everyone at Daiso!

Spent one hour and bagged myself some great disposable, plastic bits and pieces. Was fun, I am still smiling.

Daiso is located in Lamcy Plaza, Oasis Center and Arabian Mall in Mirdif.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

apps for kids

Are you an iPhone fan? What about your kids? Are you "guilty" of passing on the device while stuck in supermarket waiting line, or during long car/plane journey? Don't feel bad, there is some great apps to entertain (and even educate) toddlers and preschoolers.

Have a look at "" which offer a list of best kids apps or best free educational apps

You will also find some funny parenting tips like "10 ways your iPhone can save your family vacantion", " How to use iPhone for doing homework?" or " How to prevent your kid from becoming an iPhone addict? ".


Monday, June 13, 2011

Father's day craft idea #2

If you and the kids are looking for a cute idea for a father's day gift, check out this printable coupons booklet from Disney FamilyFun.
Print here!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

DIY microwave pop corn

Looking for a healthy option to microwave popcorn? This is the best way to control the amount of butter, salt or sugar. And it's real butter! 

Easy technique from cool website Snack Girl
Put 1/4 cup popcorn in a brown paper bag. Fold top over a few times and tape it.
Place in microwave folded side up for 2 to 3 minutes or until there is 5 seconds between pops. Eat plain or add flavors (such as salt, butter, sugar, etc.)
Happy snacking.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Father's day craft idea #1

Cute! And easy... Use paint and fingerprints to make this adorable gift for dad.
"How to", from

Home cooking to your door is a new concept to Dubai home food delivery. Freshly made with quality ingredients by chef Bertrand and his team. Casserole offers a family meals solution to everyone busy schedule without feeling the guilt of unhealthy fast food delivery.

"As a solution, Casserole has developed a concept where Dubai residents can buy chef-prepared tasty and delicious meals packaged ready to heat and serve at home or in the office. All the preparation and cooking is done – the meal only requires reheating therefore eliminating the problem of luke-warm take away food or having to shop for all the ingredients. Within 5 minutes of walking in your front door a hot, tasty, wholesome meal can be on the table for you to enjoy."

Have a look at the well designed website, the lovely photography and start salivating at the exciting menu of french food, italian classics, and so much more. Casserole makes it easy for you to enjoy our meals by offering the option to order online or by calling 800 707. You can order in advance, selecting your delivery day and time or order when you are hungry for immediate delivery.

Not been "tried and tested" by our family yet but love the  convenient  idea and the yummy looking food!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Little Miss and Mr Men

Completely forgot to submit Luella's artwork for the Mother, Baby and Child Magazine competition for a chance to win 100Dhs gift voucher at Café Ceramic! Dead line was June 5th! Oh well, we had fun doing it anyway... Here is her interpretation of Little Miss Messy!

Don't miss their next competition, keep an eye their facebook page.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Night Zoo

Have you been to Al Ain Wildlife Park and Resort? Unfortunately it's not a wildlife park more like a fancy zoo. 
Zoos are not my favorite attraction for obvious reasons. Animal lovers can't really enjoy seeing wild creatures behind fences but Al Ain Zoo is still worth a visit. Read more about Al Ain Wildlife Park and Resort.
Summer Night Special: "When it's dark, it's cool. That's why, in the hot summer months from June to September, we open the Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort later in the day and into the night. A zoo is a very different place at night; many of the animals become active and the gardens and landscapes are transformed. We make it even more interesting with night-time animal feeding shows, a bird show and more entertainments. All of them offer fascinating insights into the nocturnal behaviour of animals, and give you a great experience that's truly in touch with nature. By the way, even though it's dark, we have special lighting on all the pathways to ensure a fun and safe moonlight adventure for the whole family."
Summer opening hours are from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm Saturdays to Thursdays, and 10:00 am to 10:00 pm on Fridays.