Sunday, July 29, 2012

A Touch Of Love this Ramadan

Ramadan is an occasion to help out the ones in need and to give back to our community. For those of you who are in Dubai during the Holy Month of Ramadan please go down to the mall and spare some clothes for charity. 

Comfort Creation's initiative: ”Share A Touch Of Love this Ramadan” is a Ramadan charity campaign that encourages the people of the UAE to donate clothes to those less fortunate than themselves. All clothes are collected in a giant Comfort Creations bottle, which is decorated with the hand prints of each donor, creating a colourful and physical representation of their charitable acts. Every supporter of the campaign will be thanked with a 750ml bottle from the new Comfort Creations range which offers “Long Lasting Freshness with Dazzling Fragrances” in one of the two new fragrance combinations: Gardenia & Violet or Rose & Jasmine.

Comfort Creations donation booths are located at Mall of the Emirates and Deira City Center Malls from 15 – 31 July and at Mirdif City Center Mall from 15 July – 14 August in collaboration with UAE Red Crescent, who will distribute the apparel collected to those in need.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Dubai Field trip: The Old Library

Another hot day, stay in order in a cool air conditioned environment... Why not pay a visit to the Old Library, make it a fun field trip with the kids! See re-post below and re-discover Dubai Old Library.

 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.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Sponsored Video: Domestos & UNICEF against the Global Sanitation Crisis

I try everyday to feel a sense of gratitude, love and appreciation for what I have. Unfortunately it's easy to take for granted the basic privileges that are given to us. The short video campaign below reminded me how fortunate we are to have basic sanitation like access to toilet and hygiene practice.

Let me tell you more about the initiative behind this video.

Domestos and the Unilever Foundation have joined forces with UNICEF to promote awareness on the sanitation crisis in order to reduce disease transmission. There is an estimated 2.5 billion people around the world who do not have access to proper sanitation, a basic human right. The program, Community Approaches to Total Sanitation (CATS) is in action in 50 countries around the world and has already improved the lives of 13.5 million people.

So, how can we help and be part of this initiative?
By purchasing specially marked bottles of Demestos bleach (available in Dubai supermarket), which will contribute 5% of average proceeds to CATS programs in South Sudan and Vietnam. If you would like to know more about the partnership, get Facebook and Twitter badges to help raise awareness check out the website. You can also find a coloring book to get the kids involved. 
A little help goes a long way. Spread the word! 

"This post is sponsored by Domestos"

Saturday, July 7, 2012

More fun play in Dubai - Cheeky Monkeys

A Kids Activity center focused on children ages 6 months to 10 years! -

So much to do... Play area, Party Rooms, Rock Climbing wall, Arts & Crafts, Darling Divas: Little Girls Salon.

Also a variety of classes for toddlers up until age 8!
- High 5 Senses: Learning your 5 senses through fun activities!
- Emotion Commotion: Exploring your different emotions through games and activities.
- Fairytale Ballet: Introduction to Ballet basics and stretching.
- Urdu Playgroup: Learning and playing using only Urdu!
45dhs per hour includes access to the Play Area, Children's Gym and our Arts & Crafts Corner. All classes are taught and supervised by trained and certified professionals.

Located on the Ground floor of Union Co-op Al Barsha Mall. Tel: 04 385 0875

I look forward to tried it out with Luella on our return to Dubai. Feel free to post a comment. Let us know if you visited Cheeky Monkeys and what are you thoughts... :)

Friday, July 6, 2012

Stockholm in my heart…

Stockholm i mitt hjärta... (in my heart)

Our summer holidays have started with our first stop in Sweden from the lovely beach of Skane (south of Sweden) to the beautiful charming capital.

If you ever visit the capital of Scandinavia with children, make sure to check out Junibacken. This fairytale house in Stockholm is home to the wonderful world of children's books. Dedicated to the fantastic Swedish Author Astrid Lindgren and other children's authors / illustrators, Junibacken is inspired by scenes and characters founds in books like Pippi Longstocking. Junibacken is not a simple museum, it's a very well design interactive environment for the family to experience. Junibacken is on a mission to ensure that books remain an important part of children culture through interactive play and discovery.

Don't miss the Story Train, the enchanting journey through Astrid Lindgren storybooks. The Story Square with all it's fun characters and Villa Villekulla where children can play in Pippi's kitchen, dress up, ride the horse, slide down the roof…

Junibacken offers hours of fun for the children.Visit for more info.
Located in the heart of Stockholm, walking distance from other popular destination like Wasa Museet and Gröna Lund amusement park.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Sweet summer time...

Just a quick note to wish you all a lovely summer! We are currently away from Dubai, enjoying the first part of our summer holidays in Sweden. 
Love from Emily and Luella.