Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Festival of Lights

Diwali is celebrated by Hindus in India and all around the world sometime between mid October and mid November. It is the Hindu New Year and is either a 3-day or 5-days holiday. It is a beautiful and colourful holiday.

I love traditional celebration with lovely story... In order to welcome the new year, homes are cleaned and window left wide open to welcome in Lakshmi, the Hindi goddess of wealth. It is also believed that she cannot enter a house which is not lit up. Little clay lamps called "diyas" are place around the house to show the way to the goddess. For this reason Diwali is also known as the Festival of Lights.

In India, Diwali is celebrated with special food, presents are exchanged and new clothes and jewellery are worn to parties. Fireworks are also part of the festivities and are believed to warn off evil spirits.

To know more about Diwali and for kids craft ideas check those websites. 
Happy Diwali everyone!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Pediatric First Aid Course

It's been on my mind for a while and somehow I just haven't done anything about it... Do you know this feeling? That's how I felt about having a child and feeling guilty for not knowing the basic procedure in case of an emergency.

Well since yesterday morning, it's no longer a worry. I now feel more confident and I am aware of infant/child Pediatric emergency response and pediatric first aid.

Thanks to Back to Basic which is the first community pediatric first aid programme to be accredited in the region, targeted at parents and home help.

The 3 hours course includes topics like "Preparing your home for an emergency", "Respond to an Unconscious infant and Child", Choking and Rescue Drowning. The method of teaching includes videos and hands on practice on infant/child mannequins. It's a very interactive course which makes it effective! The more you practice and engage in the training the more you will remember.

I came home with a feeling of accomplishment and reassurance. I never want to have to use my new acquired knowledge but I am pleased to possessed it. You will also walk away with a copy of the really well done Multi lingual Back to Basics reference guide (First Aid for infants & children) and laminated fridge cards on CPR & Choking.

It's one of those easy thing to do... do the course... it could save a life!

Cost per person is AED 360
Our courses are delivered in Arabic/English/Tagalog and there is reference guides to follow in Arabic/English/Filipino/Sri Lankan/Indonesian.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

A few things...

Happy colorful toasts: Easy to paint with milk and food coloring. Place in toaster...Ready!

Sparkling canvas! Easy to do with mini christmas lights...
And so pretty. See how to here.

Another cute Halloween recipe, ghost cup cakes.
Have a look.

A unique and simple way of recycling all your food waste into an organic compost and soil conditioner.

Developed in Japan, the Bokashi Compost Kit quickly and odour-lessly converts your organic waste into a high-grade soil conditioner through the use of effective microbes or Bokashi - a Japanese word meaning "fermented organic matter."

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

My fake Golden Glow

Today's post is not about the kids... it's about you ladies.

Couple of days ago, I was fortunate to get a free "healthy glow" experience! It was my first spray tan try out. I was not into sunless tanning because of the misconception around it, like turning into a dirty orange colour and smelling like burnt toast...

Aviva Labs changed my point of view on the matter! Let me tell you more...

Aviva labs offers high quality mobile service at your home. The consultant come to your home and set up her "spaceship" looking tent. After discussing with her the desired colour to achieved, she will prep you on how to stand. Easy. The tanning solution is applied evenly with a spray gun, no streaky effect. It takes 10 minutes and the result is immediate but will keep developing for the next 8 hours.

Aviva products are paraben free and hypoallergenic which make it safe for sensitive skin. I was impressed with the oil free, alcohol free and fragrance free formula. No stickiness, no bad smell!!! Dry very quickly, I got dress in loose clothing within minutes.

After two days, I am still pleased with my golden tan. Hopefully like promised it will faded like a suntan, without the harmful affects of the UV rays. It can last up to 10 days, just need to gently exfoliate and moisturise daily.
Conclusion: Recommended!

Mobile service. Cost 250 dhs.
Aviva Spray tan Facebook page

Monday, October 17, 2011

Green Thinking

From Facebook Future Green page:
"Future Green 2011 is meant to attract Green Businesses and Responsible Consumers from all over the UAE to participate and attend the exhibition.

The general public and the green economy entrepreneurs are invited to visit the exhibit for free to see all the new green and emerging green businesses and green technologies settling in the UAE and the Region.

Over the one-day event, attendees and visitors will explore the exhibit, which will feature exhibitors from different sectors: Green Awareness & Education, Beauty & Health, Clothing & Accessories, Organic Food & Green Living, Energy & Water Efficiency, Recycling and many more..

The event’s intent is to create a general awareness on the Green Economy of the city, highlighting the importance to create a network between companies and consumers.

Join us on November 1st at Dubai Marina Mall to make Future Green a successful green event for the UAE! "

Looks like a great event with eco friendly activities for the kids...and green opportunities  for the families.

Dubai Marina Mall on November 1st
10am to 10pm
See you there!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Picnic season

Today's blog post is a re-post from last March. Just because the weather is getting better and we are getting in the mood for picnic. Start planing... Happy week to everyone!
 Do you watch the show Mad Men? The picnic scene, when Betty left all the garbage behind was funny. The writers are giving emphasis to what is considered a normal behavior for those years… Watch it here.

The pretty set up of the scene, is inspiring me to organize a picnic in the park. It’s always a fun time to share with kids, friends and family.

There are so many good tips online to help you plan your great outdoor event.
- for recipes
- for all kind of ideas

You can also enjoy another kind of picnic option.
Al Badia Golf Club is offering a stylish Friday Brunch picnic set on the beautiful lush lawns. Kick of your shoes and enjoy fine cuisine.

From AED225

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Gold fish crakers

Looking for something to do in the kitchen with the kids this weekend? Maybe some gold fish crackers. Cute!

Home made, they will be "healthier" than the store bought version...

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Mini Halloween Monsters

Masquerade Celebration of Life’s Charity Ball, 2011

Here's an opportunity to be part of a great charity event and spend a fun and stunning evening.

Celebration of Life is hosting a Charity Ball on the 28th October and have selected Harmony House to be one of the beneficiaries of the funds raised on the night. Harmony House is an independent non-profit charitable organisation registered in India. Harmony House makes a difference in the lives of under-privileged children by taking care of their basic needs of food, clothing, shelter and education. They provide help and shelter for over 170 children. Harmony House rely on 100% donations to sustain itself.

Following the incredibly successful of the Charity Ball last October, Celebration of Life is hosting again Masquerade Celebration of Life’s Charity Ball, 2011. Looks like it has become one of the most anticipated annual balls in Dubai with exquisite 3 course meal, great entertainment, stunning decor and amazing guest list. Visit to view last year pictures of the event

In order to make the night a success, they need help selling tables, gaining auction items, raffle prizes and sponsorship money. If you would like to participate in this event as a sponsor or a guest, please contact for more info.

28th October at 7.30pm
The Meydan Grandstand in the Sky Bubble Gala Room.
The theme is ‘Carnival’!

Tables of 10 will be sold at AED5,000 and AED500 per ticket.

We can make a difference!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Sun, Sand and Surf

Today was my first "Sun Mum" class at Surf Dubai. This is exactly my kind of work out! I loved it. If you are looking for a fun work out, with a challenging experience while working on your tan, here you go, don't look any further.

"Sun Mum" is a 4 weeks programme (1 hour session per week), based on a combo of "surf yoga" and stand up paddle. This unique workout will get you fit! It promotes balance and strength with a focus on core muscle.

At 8.30, a group of ten mummies gathered together at Sunset Beach, Umm Suqeim ready to experience the "surfer life style". We started with quick warm up, followed by some invigorating yoga moves based on surf technique with the beautiful beach as a back drop. Then after some  instructions and directions from the instructors we got to the water with our gear... A board and a paddle. The paddle board is like an enlarged regular surfboard (making it is much easier to stand up on) and using the paddle you propel yourself across the surface of the water. Not easy at first, it quickly become a very enjoyable work out experience. 

We all finished off the session around coffee, a healthy bowl muesli and a good laugh. Thank you Scott and Dani for making our Monday mornings so bright and healthy.

Visit Surf Dubai for more info on Surfing and Stand Up Paddling classes.
Sun Mum Classes are Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8.30 to 9.30
To sign up for next month group, email info@

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Halloween look at me

Have you decided on your little one party outfit? What do they feel like being this year? Are you still wondering? Me too!

Getting inspiration for Luella's Halloween costume here... Thank you Martha!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Halloween deco

Easy and so cute... 
Start saving your plastic milk jugs! 
See the easy "how to" from FamilyFun website.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Spooky October

First week of October already... better get myself ready for Halloween season! Do you know what you are doing for the Halloween yet? I promise to keep you posted this next couple of weeks on cool craft ideas, fun costumes and spooky food.

To get an idea on what to do in Dubai this Halloween read this article from Expat Echo Dubai!

And to know more about Halloween history read this article.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Another great food blog

In need of something sweet? Some inspirational baking ideas? Well, I suggest you have a look at Fresh.
The photography and food styling make this food blog a real delight... Gonna try so many recipes... I am putting on a couple of pounds just by thinking about it. Warning!

photography: El from

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Taking the K-Lynn Pledge - Behind the scene

 Last Thursday, my self and 25 other women (including Nathalie Shariat and Geordiebird from Dubai 92 and Simon Heng from Virgin radio) from the media were invited to take the pledge for Breast Cancer Awareness! And we did!

And you can to... Visit K-Lynn at Mall of The Emirates today until October 31st. You'll receive a voucher for a free mammogram or sonogram if needed from the Dubai London Clinic. Encourage your mom, aunt, sister(s) and all the other important women around to take the K-Lynn pledge and fight breast cancer!

Great event, great initiative! Thank you K-Lynn Lingerie for inviting me to support this cause.