Sunday, September 30, 2012

A Pampers Mummy Blogger experience



As a blogger, I had the opportunity to attend the second of its kind 'Mommy Blogger Academy' in the UAE, last week. The lovely event took place at delicious Baker and Spice, Souk Al Bahar with super mom entrepreneur and blogger Jenny Haddad from www.dubaimumsclub.com as a guest speaker.

Pampers Mommy Blogger Academy organizes event to introduce and promote the world of blogging. The workshop offered great tips on how to start a blog, be successful at it and even how to generate an income from it.

Mommy blogger around the world is becoming a huge phenomenon. To understand the power of mommy blogger: " They control the world. Mommy blogger / women not only control the 97% of the purchasing power in any given household (58% of all online buys are done by women. The rest are men buying what their women told them to buy), they talk, they network, they ally, they are influencing every social media outlet from Facebook to Twitter to Pinterest to Quora". Read more.

Feel like being part of the hip? Sign in to the next Pampers Mommy Blogger Academy! Check out Facebook page for update.




Wednesday, September 26, 2012

"Mom Souq": Online Community for Moms


Here's my new find… I love it but have not actually purchased anything yet! I have my eyes on cute wooden market kiosk play stand for Luella. 

momsouq.com is an online bazaar for parents. You can look up the classifieds to buy or sell kids items, you will also find parenting tips and articles, plus different ways to socialize and meet new mom, promote your business and more… 

Check it out! www.momsouq.com or Facebook

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Tuesday fun: Aquaplay


We are looking forward to afternoons in the park and play time at the beach, but until the temperature gets down we are trying out some Dubai indoor fun!?!

Today, we went to aquaplay in Mirdif City Center. We were happily surprised to find out that Tuesday is half price on most rides and games. So we had double the fun!

Aquaplay offers a variety of water interactive activities like "stand and play" area where your little one can splash around with fountains, slides, squirts while learning about water movement, pressure and current... There is also bumping boats, kayak-style boat ride, and lots of games.

It's great balance of educational and fun interactive water based activities.

Rides cost from 10Dhs to 30Dhs on normal days.
Visit www.theplaymania.com/aquaplay for more info.
Open daily 10am-10pm


Monday, September 17, 2012

Another App post!

I really love my iPhone (but I admit I never tried any other android phone and I am mac user). I can't go anywhere without it, and I am very dependent of the apps I use. From Facebook, Instagram, texting friends, looking up things on Google, sending birthday card and love note with RedStamp, calendar and day planing... It's my tool box for everything!

 I have compiled a list of apps, you might already know some... feel free to share with us your ultimate favorite apps.

Best to do list, Wunderlist. You can create many lists and sync them to your computer. I have many list like "things to buy", "blog post ideas", "Luella", "grocery", "school",... and that's how this task and management tool keeps me organized. The other great organizer help is cozy family. The useful app that helps you manage the family schedule, organize shopping lists and to do lists all in one place. Both free.

For new mum Baby Connect: If you’re expecting a baby or have an under 3 months old, it's a useful buy. This app will let you know when baby last slept and for how long, last ate, when you last changed diaper... You will also like the milestone records, and all the useful extra like pediatric visit, medical infos, photos. A good baby tracker device for parents to track, log and share daily information about their babies.

Put it in the Pocket! It’s a reader, a bookmarker and formatter. Every time you find an article you’d like to read but don’t have time for, you hit read later and it instantly adds it to your pocket. That's your special place for articles to read, all in one nice and easy format. Available on ios5 only. Free

First Aid by American Red Cross, one of those we don't want to have to use but good to have. The official American Red Cross First Aid app puts expert advice for everyday emergencies in your hand. Free

If you are still looking for apps to make your life as a mommy just that little extra easier, fun and organized... check out Moms with apps. It breaks down all of the best apps for moms in various categories. The "new" section will keep you in the loop with all the up and coming apps. Great resource to help moms find the right apps.


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Back to School Exhbition round up...

Yesterday, Luella and I visited the Back to School exhibition at Meydan. She loved all the fun goodies and samples she accumulated threw out the afternoon. Face painting, animal presentation from Al Ain Zoo, Story time and dance moves were also very entertaining.
As a parent, I gathered a few good finds... Here's my round up on cool things to see, do or try...

E-Sport offers sport activities all around Dubai for both children and adults to all levels. These programs include, tennis, football, swimming, cricket, rugby, climbing and holiday camps and much more. Sure there is something for everyone.

Al Ain Zoo is a family destination worth the drive. Fun adventure while learning about conservation and wild life. Check my previous blog post Al Ain Zoo.

Me kids is an edutainment magazine for children. A fun way to learn through reading. Colorful, vivid and entertaining content appeal to children and boost creativity and curiosity. We liked the nature and environment features and fun games. Check out this online version of MeKids.

Readers paradise is an online renting book company based in Dubai. It offers a large selection of children and adults books. The website is friendly and easy to navigate, with categories and description. Choose, order, wait for delivery at your convenient time and when finish reading request your new delivery and they will take back the older ones. Easy!

Tashkeel is an independent resource for artists and designers living and working in the U.A.E. They also have set up a skateboard workshop. The course comprising of 12 classes will teach children the necessary skill to executed the most popular tricks with confidence and safety.To know more about "Skate School" contact brad@tashkeel.org or www.facebook.com/skatebiladi

Yas Waterworl is the last addition to the waterpark scene in the UAE. The Abu Dhabi based entertainment destination offers 43 rides, slides and attractions that follow the adventures of the waterpark’s main character ‘Dana’ – a young Emirati girl in search of a legendary pearl which brought prosperity to the people of her village.The water park is located adjacent to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi on Yas Island. Set to open in late 2012, the water park on Yas Island will be one of the leading water parks in the World. Looking forward to that!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Back to school: Mommy beauty update 1




After a few back to school posts for the kids, I thought I will share with you some Back to School / Back to Work for us mommy! September is the beginning of a new season, and I always look forward to a wardrobe and beauty routine update! For us leaving in Dubai, it does not feel like autumn is on it's way yet but somehow I like to follow on the fall trends and update my hair color to darker and warmer hues.

After years of a combination of home hair coloring kit and pricey salon coloring visit, I feel like I find a great compromise for my hair: Kelly Van Gogh Masterblend Luxuary hair color system. This is a luxury home coloring kit with salon results!

I loved how shiny and soft my hair got. My hair looks darker than I was expecting, but I really like the color, I choose 4G - light golden brown. It is a deeper and richer version of my natural hair color. The color is more multi-dimensional than the other at-home hair color kits I've tried. The over all condition of my hair seems to have improved as well, like after a deep conditioning treatment. No over processed feeling!

It was not too difficult to apply but it's important to really shake the product very well for an easy application and for long hair like mine I would suggest two packs. Also, be prepared to wait 45min for the color to develop. It's gentle on your hair so it needs more time for the active ingredients to do their magic! It's like taking your hair to the spa. This luxury kit is infused with caviar oil repairing system, keratin and amino proteins to repair and boost the quality of the hair.

I would recommend you have a look at www.kellyvangogh.com, for coloring tips and this video for easy "how to" application.

 Kelly Van Gogh Master Blend Multi-Dimentional Luxuary hair color kit (long name!) is available at Bloomingdales, Jet Set Emirates Towers & Grosvenor House, Make Up Etc in Palm Strip Mall, Milk & Honey and online at glambox.me and namshi.com. Retail price is AED145. The price difference from supermarket bought color kit is to me justify with the quality of this luxury treatment and the result on my hair. Lets see how it fades in the next month… but I have good feeling! Keep you posted!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Fun in the kitchen

Another fun class today at Apple Seeds Dubai!
COOKing monsters was a fun and messy cooking class, 
we loved making carrot cake with icing!
They have loads of other fun classes, check it out! ;)