Tuesday, March 26, 2013

A few things...

♥ A special delivery service offered by mumzworld.com during the Easter season. mumzworld.com's Easter bunny, Cottontail will be delivering orders made online directly to families doors up until April 7. Customers in Dubai may request to have Cottontail deliver their gifts straight to their doorsteps on orders above AED 300. Everything from Easter chocolates, baskets or toys, anything on the site - Cottontail can deliver it all right to your door and delight the children around Easter. For more entertainment, customers can also request to have Cottontail stay longer and join in on Easter cheer.

♥ Dubai our Sandbox is on Instagram, come and say Hello.

♥ Will you go and hang a ribbon in support of the petition again animal cruelty?! Read here:

♥ Looking for a new stroller?! Here's a fab one: iCandy peach London. This limited edition features its own uniquely designed cotton rich fabric with beautifully illustrated icons from the City including the famous London Red Bus. Each London limited edition is individually numbered; so you receive a one off uniquely numbered chassis, along with its very own Certificate of authenticity. In stylish monotone colours the carrycot and seat unit sit on a striking, highly polished black chassis with coordinating black wheels. Super stylish, it's fancy and we likey. The London Limited Edition comes as a complete package including chassis, seat unit, carrycot, footmuff, changing bag and parasol and retails for 9,995ds. Available from www.justkidding-me.com and in store at their Safa & Gold & Diamond Park locations within Dubai.

♥ Love our party pack from Moushii, we picked Carnival theme and can't wait to throw a party! From invitations to thank you cards and pennant banners to favour cones, this custom kit includes all the supplies and decorations needed to create the ultimate fun party. Watch this space, post to follow...

♥ Need to update your kids apps selection, check out this list of "50 best iPhone apps for kids"

♥ Photo from kirtsy.com 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Easter time

Easter season is on... I loved this time of the year as a little girl. Spring was blooming, easter bunny would hide chocolates and goodies in the garden. It was also the time for a wardrobe update for the new season with flowery dresses and open shoes. A family and friends weekend filled with memories to cherish...

Here's some Easter ideas for you to start planing and celebrate.
Cute stickers to print
Easter free party printable, all you need to get your Easter party on track.
Free Easter fonts to design cards, invite, banners,...
Online Easter egg deco game if you are not into messy egg dyeing with the kids
Cute snack from cutefoodforkids.com
Tips for dyeing eggs with toddlers
Watercolor eggs easy and pretty craft idea for kids
Another easy egg dyeing idea, using rubber bands
Planting wheat grass is a sweet activity for the children to do and can make a lovely table decor
Visit Crate&Barrel at MOE for some Easter fun this Sunday
Looking for recipes, home decor and craft ideas... have a look at martha ideas.

Check out Dubai our Sandbox Easter posts from last year.
Marshmallows chicks
Bit of history

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A garden tea party with Lolita

On Monday, I had the opportunity to attend a beautiful event at The Farm Al Barari. Lolita Lempika fragrance celebrating Mother's Day with us! A lovely treat for us girls, a garden party in a wimsical setting with adorable macaroons, cupcakes and canapés to nibble on and fresh mint lemonade to sip.

Lolita Lempika offers a range a beautiful fragrances for women and men. The original perfume "Le premier parfum" is based on licorice. Beautiful anise note is a perfect match to licorice and violet. There is intensive green ivy note which is so fresh and optimistic. Also a touch of almond, vanilla and woodsy iris. It was created in 1997 and been a success ever since. The line has extended with "L de Lolita Lempika", "Si Lolita", and "Au Masculin".

The last addition to the line "L'Eau en Blanc de Lolita Lempika " is a lighter version of the original fragrance with more white notes, powdery and sugar notes, also sweet with a touch of raspberry. A really nice, elegant and feminine fragrance. A perfect gift for mother's day...

The event also introduce us a beautiful artist Lama Khatib Daniel, an illustrator with poetic and melancholic touch.

It was also great to meet more lovely ladies from our Dubai blogging community like the sweet Mariyah from fashion blog mahryska.com.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

French Flair from Comptoir 102

A little gem in Jumeirah 1 opened up it's doors 3 weeks ago. A lovely boutique, a concept store that was clearly missing in Dubai. A little shopping heaven, a beautifully designed easy to live-in space, a soon to open little café, Comptoir 102 ticks all the box

When I walked into Comptoir 102, I felt like... "Oh I could live here", there is that easy, casual but chic vibe to it. The two lovely french owners are so enthusiastic about their new business adventure. They truly like and know there brands. It's a well thought out mix of products from home decor, fashion accessories, jewelry and artsy pieces. A combination of "it" pieces of the moment and eternal classic.

Things you will find:
- I loved, La Volière, the copper-wire lamps - delicate cage with colorful birds so whimsical.
- Ginette NY refined gold jewelry and some less expensive fun to wear little bracelets perfect for gifting your girlfriends. Original and trendy selection of espadrilles, the summer shoes to wear.
- A large display of cool bags from Delphine Delafon or Jerome Dreyfuss, to make you feel like a true Parisienne.
- Home decor, everything on display is for sale from the furniture to the coffee cups, chairs...
- And so much more to love.

Very soon, give it a few days, "le petit café" N/102 will open and will serve a selection of teas and coffees, home-made juices, and healthy snack. We can't wait!

Congratulation ladies, looks like it's a dream come true and a beautiful adventure.

Find Comptoir 102 on Jumeirah Beach Road, opposite Jumeirah Beach Center.

Win two VIP tickets to the Lolita Lempicka Mother's Day Afternoon Tea

Give away time...
We are delighted to bring you this competion.

For your chance to attend this exclusive event to sample @LolitaLempicka's beautiful range of feminine fragrances as well as indulge in a late afternoon of pampering, art and a delectable afternoon tea at The Farm, simply "like" our facebook page and tell us on our facebook post why you deserve to be our selected mum - and we'll choose our favourite entry!

The event is on Monday 18 March from 4-6pm, so please check your diary before you enter.
Good luck ladies!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Monday's Sobhiya: shopping treat

Today, I was introduce to the "Monday's Sobhiya" experience at Mirdif City Center. Inspired by the traditional practice of the ‘sobhiya’ – a morning social gathering of ladies over tea. Mirdif City Center is relauching it's campaign to bring exclusive specials to ladies.

70 different stores offering discounts from 10-50% – as well as complimentary gifts upon purchase form the mall’s wide range of fashion (Miss Selfridge, Cole Hann, Juicy Couture, Scotch & Soda, Reiss, Joe’s, Top Shop, American Eagle, Debenhams,...), beauty (Sephora, Paris Gallery, Areej,..), electronic and homeware stores (Q Home Décor, Home Center and KAS Australia,..).

You will also find special offers from a large selection of cafés and restaurants such as More Café, Zafran, Nero Café, Carluccio’s, and the very good authentic lebanese Leila Restaurant who hosted the event this morning. 

Every Monday from 10am-2pm. For an updated list of deals and offers, pick up the ‘Monday’s Sobhiya’ mini brochure at any Customer Service desk at the mall.
What’s more, if you collect a stamp everyMonday of the month on your Loyalty Card, you can win AED 4000! Time to shop ladies!

Mama knows best

To celebrate the on going success of Mama Knows Dubai (the blog behind Mamavents), we were invited to a lovely afternoon tea party on the lawn of The Millenium Airport Hotel.

Kellie Whitehead, Founder and owner of Mamavents and her team have developed a fantastic blog for moms in Dubai. It's more than a blog, it's a totally resourceful website for everything you need to know if you are a mama in Dubai.

From "Mama Buys", "Mama Do", to "Mama Go" or "Mama tests"... you will find all the very useful tips and tricks categorise to make your life a little easier with the kids.

There is also "Mama Meets Coffee and Play" at Caboodle, check it out it's great value for 70dhs. Good cup of coffee with lovely mummies, 2-hour access to the 2 play areas for the kids (Free Play, Special Arts & Crafts, Special Movie/Cartoon with Popcorn, Themed Game, Themed Special Activity, Free Play).

Mama knows best - it's confirmed!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

A few good things...


♥ Have you heard about this book? Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting. The secret behind France's astonishingly well-behaved children.
"American journalist Pamela Druckerman has a baby in Paris, she doesn't aspire to become a "French parent." French parenting isn't a known thing, like French fashion or French cheese. Even French parents themselves insist they aren't doing anything special. Yet, the French children Druckerman knows sleep through the night at two or three months old while those of her American friends take a year or more. French kids eat well-rounded meals that are more likely to include braised leeks than chicken nuggets. And while her American friends spend their visits resolving spats between their kids, her French friends sip coffee while the kids play. Motherhood itself is a whole different experience in France. " from amazon.  As a french mommy in Dubai, I wonder why I have not succeeded in achieving all that french parenting wisdom? Might need to check out this book, seems to be an entertaining read.

♥ Sweet DIY headband, www.fineandfeathered.com

♥ Super cute giant lollipop (and more) deco idea for kids party at www.tipjunkie.com

♥ I was introduced to color with mimi, lovely free printable coloring pages.

♥ Online games for girls and boys, for when you need 10minutes of peace and quite!

♥ punchfork.com recipes for babies, toddlers and big kids... "Punchfork makes it easier to find the best new recipes from popular sites" USEFUL!

♥ We like this easy DIY collapsible playhouse from  www.sheknows.com

♥ We eat the new Protein Evening bread from the Modern Bakery. A tasty low carb and high protein bread available at carrefour. Love it!

♥ Monster repellent spray ... a cool idea...

Have a great week everyone!