Friday, March 30, 2012

Monsters to Munchkins @ Mini Monsters

Together: Earth Hour 2012

A Symbolic message! 
This year Earth Hour will take place on the 31st of March, 2012 btween 20:30 and 21:30.
More than 5,200 cities and towns in 135 countries worldwide switched off their lights for Earth Hour 2011 sending a powerful message for action against climate change.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Things I like today...

♥  March 17th - St Patrick's day, a breakfast celebration
    What is St Patrick's day? Thanks wikipedia.

♥  Some pretty and refreshing flavored water recipes.

♥  Easy no dye Easter eggs decor ideas. Love sparkles and polka dots!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Luella's mini garden

Here it is! Our fairy garden... Looks more like a farm but we hope for a fairy to come visit. 

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Fairy garden project

This is one of those really lovely project to do with the kids... It's creative, whimsical and close to nature. I love it! I can't wait to start gathering all the things we need to start our "Fairy garden"!

What is a fairy garden? It's a miniature garden with added touches that give the appearance of tiny creatures residing in the garden. Little girls are fascinated with the ideas that fairies live among us and have the power to spread magic throughout our homes and gardens.

Luella and I will start by gathering miniature objects, toys animals, shells, stones. Followed by a trip to purchased some potting soil, flowers and plant. We also need to find the "container" for our garden. With all this in mind we can start "designing" our magical sanctuary with water feature, paths and cottage. It's all about having fun, fairy garden ideas are only limited by your own imagination. You can also change the fairy theme to dinausore park or farmland for the boys. Limitless!

Thanks to for sharing their fairy garden photos and the building process.


Sunday, March 4, 2012

Genie for hair despair

Recently, some of Dubai our Sandbox readers requested product reviews on cool stuff available in Dubai. Your request was heard, watch this space for feature on items I believe can make your life a easier!

My first pick had to be the Knot Genie. This detangling brush will be the solution for a tear free brushing session and the end to the hair grooming drama with the kids.

What's so special and how does it work? The handle free brush features some unique uneven bristle that acts like tiny fingers – separating and undoing knots, without tearing hair from its follicles in the process. The bristles are not firm like traditional brushes and therefore bend to gently untie knots.

At home our Knot Genie experience was successful and nearly pain free. The novelty of the product helped the process and now Luella enjoys trying to brush her own hair (and mine). It was efficient on dry and wet hair and resulted in soft and shiny hair. The Knot Genie is not a miracle product but it's definitely a very convenient product that makes a difference. It's now a keeper in our house! The Knot Genie brand has a mission, and that mission is simply this: Detangle life… And it does just that! Wish granted! Thank you Genie!

The Knot Genie currently comes in three different colors: Puff of Purple, Blue Cloud and Fairy Pink. Available at and Favourite Things.
Retail price: 80 AED

Friday, March 2, 2012

Delizioso Gelato

Recently, I started a reward star system for Luella, for exemple she gets a star after a good night sleep or no tears at ballet class. After gaining 7 stars she gets the treat she had picked before starting the 7 stars task. This time, she had chosen "an ice cream with sprinkles".

In order to make it special and somehow a little healthy, I started googling "Dubai best ice cream shop". After a good online search, my pick was "Bacio Gelato", this little shop in Barsha had great reviews. I had never heard of it... it was time to change that and to spoil Luella and my self with something delicious the italian way!

The shop is small and doesn't look like much. There is around 10 different gelatos to choose from and no topping. So what, when it's so good... who cares about sprinkles! Made in the kitchen behind the shop with high quality fresh ingredients and no colorants or additives. Luella had the chocolat gelato and I had strawberry yahourt, a real treat! The staff is so nice and helpful (with Luella's melting ice cream drama).

Have a go... Surely we will be back for another taste of Italy!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Cake day! Happy Bday!

Today is a little special day for the blog. Please join me to wish "Dubai our Sandbox" a very Happy 1st Birthday.

It's hard to believe, its been a whole year since I started this blog and what a lovely journey it's been. I’ve learnt so much and I’m always learning. Thank you to all of you - my readers. You made this journey what it is.

Happy facts: just under 20,000 page views, 170 post and 273 Facebook fans.

I look forward to another great year of blogging filled with joy, laughter, love, new friends, adventures and discoveries. Feeling blessed. Thank you!