Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Taking the Pledge for Breast Cancer Awareness

Today's post is for all the ladies of Dubai...

As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, K-Lynn the lingerie specialist in collaboration with the Dubai London Specialty Hospital has set a wonderful project. ‘Taking the K-Lynn Pledge’ is a community initiative set up to promote the importance of mammogram screening tests and raise awareness of breast cancer care throughout October.

How do we take the pledge? Easy!
1.Visit the K-Lynn lingerie store at Mall of the Emirates
2.Have your picture taken or sign a K-Lynn postcard for the “K-Lynn Pledge Wall” – which will create the window display in K-Lynn for the entire month of October.
3.Take your K-Lynn Pledge bag, which includes:
A voucher for a free of charge breast check including mammogram and sonogram (if required) at the Dubai London Specialty Hospital. Also a “Pledge ribbon” showing your support for having ‘Taken the K-Lynn Pledge. And a “Pledge Card” - on the reverse of which are details of how to promote the pledge and play a real part in this community initiative – i.e. tagging on Facebook, changing Facebook status, changing BBM status, Tweeting about the K-Lynn Pledge.

“Mammography is our best tool for early detection: finding breast cancer in its earliest stages, when the cancer is most treatable. Combined with your doctor’s breast examination and your own breast self-exam, mammography can save your life – and that’s why we’re encouraging the women of the UAE to ‘Take the K-Lynn Pledge.’”
Dr. Anna Sepiolo, MD, PhD, Spec. Dip. Obs/Gynae Specialist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Wholesome Learning

Today, was day 3 for Luella at “Home Grown Children's Eco Nursery”. The excitement is still on…

So what is it all about? What does it says on the “box”? 
“Home Grown Children's Eco Nursery is the UAE's first 'Green Thinking' children's nursery, inspired by motherly instincts and the harmony of nature. 
The nursery's values are embodied in our philosophy 'Nurtured by Nature'”. 

Interested, here’s more…
In practice they have develop a “green Curriculum” based on the British pre-school learning programme, in an environment that generates a respect and awareness for themselves, others and the world around them. All teachers are qualified and specially trained to incorporate ecological concept in their 
class room. 

What makes it a “Green Nursery”
- Use of non-toxic, eco-friendly toys and outdoor equipment made from sustainable materials.
- Use of green cleaning products to maintain hygiene standards.
- Eco-friendly indoor and outdoor flooring and furniture
- An organic vegetable patch free from pesticides
- Reduced waste by recycling paper, cans and glass and utilising a compost pit for wet garbage that contributes to the organic garden
- Communication encouraged via email or website to save paper
- Encourage parents to participate in conservation and eco-friendly community projects
- Lessons in conservation, preservation, saving rain forests, protecting endangered species, composting, recycling and organic gardening
- Learning to embrace the simple joys of life

The little extras that make a difference.
Every child that enrols at the nursery is paired with one in India from a day shelter that keeps children off the streets. See “Harmony House”. A part of the school fees go to support their education. Today, Luella received her first drawing and a photo from Tattu, a little girl from the sponsored school outside Delhi. It's a wonderful way for Luella to become more involved in another child life and with time understand the difference with those less fortunate.

Starting soon, every child will plant a tree that will have their name plaque on it and they will be responsible for watering and nurturing it. Lovely idea.

Extra curriculum activities like “little linguists” will introduce French and Arabic, “Bendy Babies” is mini version of yoga, “Little Monet” is an introduction to artists and creative expression, “Little green fingers” is about digging in the organic vegetable patch,…

Most of all…

The staff is incredibly kind, thoughtful and passionate. There is a sense of serenity and warmth within the premises. The traditional methods of teaching are totally incorporated with the “green” concept in order to offer the best to our children and encouraging a natural love of learning.

On top of that the co-founder and head of nursery Mrs Lucy Bruce is also the founder of the Delhi-based Harmony House charity. She was winner of the prestigious Emirates Woman of the Year award, in the Humanitarian category in 2010. What an inspirational lady!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

This week little online "finds"

What a lovely gift idea for a pre school teacher.
Thank you Giggles Galore for sharing the "how to do" steps.

It's still hot out there so if you need to keep the little ones busy indoor, have a look at this creative idea from " Filthy Wizardry" . A plain, inexpensive shower curtain becomes the perfect play mat for afternoon fun in the house.

Running out of ideas... Here's some suggestions , of things to do with your toddler. From Counting on me.

In need of some inspiration for your kids snack/lunch boxes?
Make and Takes offers some good reading...
Also check out Expatechodubai article on eco friendly lunch box.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Useful gadget!

Have you heard about iiamo bottle?!
“Iiamo Go is a self-warming baby feeding bottle. It is the only feeding bottle in the world that can warm up 180 ml of milk to the recommended 37°C (body temperature) in only 4 minutes – without the use of electricity.”

This brilliantly designed baby bottle by Karim Rashid, features a self heating cartridge which are inserted into the base of the bottle. The easy solution for warm milk on the go! It gets better… Iiamo Go is made from 100% BPA Free material and also has a built-in anti-colic airing system.

Comes in three colours Green & Blue, White & Pink and Orange & Purple.
Available at babybling store in Village Mall Jumeirah, the one stop shop for all thing mother and baby need.