Thursday, December 11, 2014

A little help from … SPANX.

The holiday season is party season… and a high light in women calendar. It's a fun time to play dress up and glam up! If you have already find your party outfits or the perfect LBD, it's great! But you must know that what you wear under your dress is as important, than the dress itself? The most amazing frock need the best underwear to show it off to its best effect. No one wants to see unflattering bumps or irritating lines.

What's your best option? SPANX, a favorite shape wear to smooth muffin tops, cinches in your waist, avoids the dreaded visible panty line and create a seamless figure. I have been hearing about SPANX for years but I have been, up to now, SPANX virgin. I needed an initiation into the world of shape wear.  And apparently there is no shame, with plenty of A-listers proudly declaring their allegiance to the brand. SPANX has become a cool brand with a sense of humor : “Don’t worry, we’ve got your butt covered!” The slogan paints the picture of a company that doesn’t take itself too seriously, and this is probably the main reason people aren’t ashamed to admit wearing shape wear anymore.

With a little help from K-Lynn shop, at MOE, I picked up three of the new best sellers: Haute Contour® Shorty, Haute Contour® Tights and Trust Your Thinstincts® Booty Bra, with the promess to feel more comfortable and confident in my newly bought sequins pencil skirt. Some before and after.




Haute Contour® Shorty (price: 195AED)
It's the solution to slim all around your mid section, perfect for the short dress. The shorty stay puts and hidden no matter your hemline. The belly bandeau flatten the tummy while remaining completely invisible under clothes. Very soft fabric, super comfortable yet supportive, and it really does nip and tuck you in. I think it also give a little boost to your derriere, just enough to add some oomph. It's a SPANX staple, a safe buy for your wardrobe to use on any occasion.



Haute Contour® Tights (price: 220AED) 
If you are looking to invest in a really good pair of stockings, you no longer need to look. Living in Dubai, I hardly buy any tights, and if I do, I would get M&S or H&M, nothing fancy. Well, I will no longer go back to inexpensive tights… I am hooked on those " luxury hosiery ". What a difference… a little magic for your legs. Soft and flattering they enhance your legs and slim your waist with a No-Show Belly Bandeau. A worthy investment.



Trust Your Thinstincts® Booty Bra (price: 315AED)
It’s a bra…for your butt! With a tag line like this : “You won’t believe these buns are real!” I could not wait to try it on. Kind of a little secret you want to keep behind closed door and definitely out of hubby's sight. This bra for the butt is constructed with a microfiber panel that is supposed to flatten the tummy and a non-compression fabric along the backside to keep your posterior perky! It's a little lift to the backside area. It's not a miracle for your bum but it definitely help - creating a round, smooth and cheeky derriere.

Feeling ready to squeeze into my little party outfit and enjoy the night… Now, would you like to get yourself some SPANX goodies? K-Lynn and Dubai our Sandbox teamed up to bring you the chance to win those three shape wear staples from SPANX. It's a fantastic prize! We are so excited to share this competition with you… don't miss out.

For your chance to win Haute Contour® Shorty, Haute Contour® Tights and, Trust Your Thinstincts® Booty Bra all you need to do is:
1/ "Like" the competition post on Dubai our Sandbox Facebook page
2/ Share the contest post with your friends on Facebook
3/ Leave a comment with "DONE" on Facebook
4/ Follow K-Lynn and Dubai our Sandbox on Facebook

Winners will be announced via Facebook on Monday December 15th. Good luck!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Festive Market and Brunch for two to win!!

It's starting to feel a lot like Christmas… so many markets, events and parties happening. We are loving this time of the year. 

Something for the weekend: This Saturday, check out Urban Bistro in Media City. Santa and the sounds of Christmas will be there celebrating the holidays at their intimate Xmas market. Enjoy the chef's special mince pies and signature festive drinks, and just as the sun dips they will bring the tree to life. 

Market vendors include tasty treats, crafts and festive goodies, and there will be activities and face painting for the kids.

Date: Saturday, 13 December 2014
Time: 12pm - 6pm
Venue: CNN Building 2, Media City 



It's also GIVE AWAY COMPETITION time!
For your chance to win a Friday Brunch for two at Urban Bistro, all you need to do is:
1/ "Like" the competition post on Dubai our SandboxFacebook page
2/ Share the contest post with your friends on Facebook
3/ Leave a comment with "DONE" on Facebook
4/ Follow Urban Bistro and Dubai our Sandbox on Facebook

Winners will be announced via Facebook on Sunday December 14th. 
Terms & Conditions: Valid until 31 January 2014, Not in conjunction with any other offer.
Good luck!




Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Party planning made easy

Luella's 6th birthday is coming up. It's always exciting to organize a party but it can also be time consuming and frustrating. Dubai offers many great locations to host a birthday bash and there is a long list of party planners and suppliers to help you organize the perfect celebration.



mood board: Pinterest images

I came across Sweet Life Parties, a stylish one-stop-shop for all your party need. A friendly and professional event planner providing unique ideas for children parties. The list of party themes is sure to please and suit every children from Ballerina, Mermaid, Pirates, Circus, Jungle, Disney, Ferrari and so much more.

I look forward to work with Sweet Life to create a birthday party full of wonderful memories to cherish for years. I trust that with their help, I will be able to put together a relatively stress free event. Thanks to their experience, Sweet Life knows how to take care of all aspects for busy parents to take away the stress of organizing and preparing for the special day. Watch this space more updates on the party planning AND THE PARTY itself. Can't wait!




Tips for a successful birthday party: Preparing for the party, choosing the theme, decoration, activities and the food should be half the fun. From big elaborate bash to small gathering, what's important for your child is to feel special. Taking your child's age into account when making your plans will help ensure a successful day. For a 6 years old, friends becomes increasingly important, parties take on greater meaning. Start planning early…

♥ Pick a theme: It helps to narrow the set up and aesthetic, from invitations, decorations, location and even the menu. Choose a theme that suits your child personality and taste. For an adventurous child, a pirate party with a treasure hunt or for an athletic child a baseball or football party, ensure that her birthday party represents her interests. Be creative!

♥ Guest list: If possible make sure your child's best friends are free before you set the date. Choose your number, the whole class or close friends only. Discuss with your child what will work best for you and the family. Invite can be designed online and sent via email. evite.com or paperlesspost.com Nice and easy!

♥ Entertaining the guests: You can hire some help from face painters, balloon artists and magicians, but really you don't have too spend too much money on entertainment! Games, activities and crafts can help keep kids occupied. Kids will also enjoy more simple activities like art&craft, creating bracelets using beads, bubbles, hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, music games… 

♥ When you send invitations to your child friends, be clear about what time the party begins and ends. Early afternoon parties are ideal for young children and should last for around two hours, enough time for kids to play games and have snack and cake.

♥ Food and drink: If you can, home made cake are special and thoughtful. Make a cake that matches your child's interests. They love cakes with imaginative designs. If the party theme is trucks, clean up a few of your child's toy trucks and place them around the cake in brown icing so that they appear muddy. If your theme is crawling creatures, decorate the cake with gummy worms, and use green and brown icings to depict grass and dirt. For a princess create a pretty cake featuring toy lipstick and a mini purse or whatever little props you might have… fun and creative. Don't worry if the cake looks less than perfect, chances are your 6-year-old won't notice. But make sure it tastes good.
You can use a cater but it's also nice and easy to prepare snack yourself. You can find plenty of inspiring recipes online or use pre-pack treats from the store. Serve the snacks in creative containers, like individual boxes or baskets (Daiso for inexpensive options).

♥ Party favors: Trinkets and candy are popular but you can think out of the box and give out a single more substantial favor, such as a book or find a matching item from your theme party like a teacup for a tea party, or flash light for an adventure themed bash.




Saturday, December 6, 2014

#UnitedBloggersofBenetton - Kids Winter 14



I am totally honoured to be part of #unitedbloggersofbenetton again this season! Benetton is truly a family brand: authentic, classic, and quality at democratic prices. I remember as a child wearing Benetton, and I am happy now as a mother to bring up Luella into the Benetton brand. She like I did can learn to embrace their colors, contemporary cuts and quality materials.

This season, United Colors of Benetton and sister brand Sisley offer a large selection of cool and practical clothes for boys and girls. We picked some playful and urban outfits for your winter in Dubai. From ultra washed denim pants, jeans with patches, printed sweatshirts with "cool American mood", padded jackets, plaid flannel shirts, hats with with numbers and pom pom and a “handmade” effect, stars and trips and some touch of sequins and glitter for the girls, you are sure to find something to match their style. Get into a retro 90's touch with the high top sneakers and high leather boots. So much to choose from...











Thank you Benetton for the opportunity to style this blog feature and huge thumbs up to Aleks and Luella for the "hardwork" as little models. Special thanks to Katarina for your help and high spirit. To see more of the Collection visit Benetton stores across the UAE.





Friday, December 5, 2014

FROZEN magical wonderland at Ski Dubai




There is a new attraction in town, just in time for the festive season! Ski Dubai and Disney have collaborate to create a new Frozen experience for children to enjoy. A magical Frozen setting within Ski Dubai, from traditional Nordic chalets, market stalls, workshops, snowman-building, sing-along, face painting, story tailing and more attractions. Come and play in the Snow park and enjoy the Frozen themed environment. The Disney hit fairy tale is brought to life for children entertainment. A winter wonderland for the little one and a great way to get into the festive mood this holiday season.



We had a lovely morning at the launch this week. Luella and I along some media, school and family got to enjoy a private tour of a magical ‘FROZEN’ Winter Wonderland experience, created by Majid Al Futtaim Leisure & Entertainment and Disney.The magical setting, the glittery lights, fun attractions from the snow parks makes the Frozen experience memorable for the littles one.






With an array of themed elements from the Disney movie, you will witness glimpses of the favorite movie scenes, and experience the opportunity to live your own movie moments in a truly FROZEN setting. Running till February, we recommend visiting Ski Dubai and experience this winter wonderland.
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Sunday, November 30, 2014

5min Makeup - School run ready!

Teamed up with my lovely friend, makeup expert and mum of two Stephanie from Butterflies to Lashes to give you an easy makeup solution for the morning school run. Only 5 minutes to get yourself looking fresh, here's 4 easy steps for a quick fix. You'll feel brighter, happier and ready to embrace the day.

NO MAKEUP LOOK - we all like to "fake it" sometimes! Get a flawless natural look with just 4 products used wisely...

Step 1: Apply "Chanel Perfection Lumiere" foundation

Step 2: using "Venus" from UD Naked Basics Pallette highlight under arch of brow, lash line, tops of cheek bones and cupid bow

Step 3: Apply Bourgeois blush in "Rose D'or" on the apples of your cheeks

Step 4: apply 2 coats of Rimmel "Wonder'full" mascara

I promise this takes only 5 minutes!!!! 


More tips from Stephanie follow: Butterflies to Lashes or Instagram/butterflies_to_lashes





















Saturday, November 22, 2014

Thankful we are - celebrating an american tradition


From our years living in NYC we came to enjoy celebrating some of the American holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving. This year, we are planning to say special "Thanks" with friends next Thursday (last Thursday of November) as part of the American tradition and the beginning of the Holiday season.

What's on the menu?
Pumpkin Soup with Mini Corn Bread Muffins
Butter and Herbed Roasted Turkey with Gravy
NYC Style Cheesecake

More tips and inspiration with the Queen of traditional celebrations: 



Monday, November 17, 2014

Our visit on Mums The World…

Some "me time" is a luxury, a treat to yourself. What's your treat? Some evenings, I unwind and  I enjoy my cuppa of tea while reading lifestyle and traveling blogs. Mums the World is one of the bookmark on my list. It's a good read, from two Dubai mums with a passion for travelling. "Mums the World will endeavour to keep you entertained with musings of destinations from across the globe, be it a sandy family getaway or a snowy hiking trek across the Himalayas, they are on a mothers mission to bring you along on their incredible journeys._ Jenny & Laura, the Founders of Mums the World, "

Recently, I had the opportunity to share my travel experiences in the Cote d'Azure, on Mums The World as a guest blogger: "Il Fait bon vivre with Dubai our Sandbox". I shared some favorite things to do, places to see and kids friendly attractions in Nice, South of France.

Mums The World is a lovely stop for traveling tips, ideas, destinations and lots more. Check it out!














Wednesday, November 12, 2014

That glow...

With the change of season, our skin needs a little help to keep it's glow. To avoid the dull and lifeless appearance, Dr. Rehab Sattouf, Dermatologist at the Beverly Hills Aesthetic & Medical Centre shares some rcommendations for adapting a skincare regime to obtain a healthy and radiant glow. Here's a gentle reminder for your skincare routine...

Exfoliate once a week to remove dead cells and dry flaky skin, thus promoting cell renewal 

Moisturize, use a milk or lotion-based moisturiser as it contains lactic acid, essential for hydrating the skin. Moisturise twice a day, especially after a shower. Gently scrub feet with a pumice stone before applying the moisturizer . For acne prone skin, use

a non-comedogenic lotion. Limit baths and showers to maximum 10 minutes to prevent skin from drying up. Try and use warm water as opposed to very hot water. For smooth and nourished skin, use products containing shea butter, petroleum, tea tree oil or glycerin

Hair: massage the scalp and hair with olive or coconut oil before washing it. Avoid the use of blow dryers and hair styling products that have a high alcoholic content as it strips away moisture from the hair.

Despite of change in weather, it is vital to use a sunscreen that protects from both UVA and UVB. SPF 30 is recommended.

Cleansing: remove make-up with a mild cleanser before sleeping

Watch what you eat: Consume food loaded with protein, vitamin C and vitamin E. Nuts, pomegranates, salmon, dried cranberries and avocado restore the skin’s natural balance

Little extra: Protect nails by applying olive oil or lotion containing lanolin, before sleeping
Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water. “It is important to use products that are suitable for your skin type and condition; so, be sure to check labels in order to choose the most appropriate product for you. says Dr. Rehab.

For more information or to book a consultation please call +971 4 349 5528 or email info@dermabeverlyhills.com. The centre is open from 9am to 9pm everyday, except Fridays. Alternatively visit: www.dermabeverlyhills.com.

Beverly Hills Aesthetic & Medical Centre offers a complete range of medical and aesthetic solutions for hair, skin and body, and is committed to providing state-of-the-art patient care, tailored to the needs of communities spanning the GCC region.

A few things...







♥ This week I met with the lovely team behind JustEssential, to view their great range of baby essentials. A collection of locally produced top quality yet budget priced baby and child products created especially for the Middle East's parenting needs. All available online and at JustKidding stores.

♥ ‘Mom’s Little Secret,’ a first-of-its kind book in the GCC launched by Babyshop for expecting and new mothers. The book brings together the opinions of 27 experts and features over 40 articles providing expert advice and tips on the various stages of pregnancy and childcare, right from the prenatal period until toddlerhood. A great initiative from Babyshop, to provide mothers, particularly first-time mothers, with advice from trusted professional sources. Grab your copy in Babyshop across the UAE.

♥ A fresh wintery drink to inspire: Cranberry & Rosemary White Sangria

♥ All about the rings - we like.

♥ Came accross the cute collection from GAP in collaboration with Kate Spade and Jack Spade. It's very sweet, fun and whimsycle, packed with playful pieces and quirky details. All very practical, we like the color blocking, stylized camouflage, cartoon eyes details, bows, polka dots and Kate Spade's signature idioms. See it here.

♥ Now reading: French Children Don't Throw Food by Pamela Druckerman. As a journalist and desperate mother, Druckerman was keen to uncover the secret of French parenting while living in Paris. A world where babies slept through the night from two months, ate at adult meal times, often attended nursery from nine months, where they ate a varied and sophisticated diet and didn't throw their dinners at you or on the floor. Fun, whity and easy to read.  Full review up soon, watch this space.



Tuesday, November 11, 2014

WIN!!!! A beautiful advent calendar from Coochy Coo

I know it's only November but within a few weeks we will be in full speed toward the Christmas season. Dubai our Sandbox and Coochy Coo, Dubai baby apparel and accessory retailer as teamed up to offer you a beautiful advent calendar to take you into the festive season.

It's a great way to get the kids, friends, colleagues and the whole family into the holiday mood. This advent calendar use to count or celebrate the days in anticipation of Christmas is handmade with lovely textile. All materials are 100 % cotton and imported from Europe (but made and personalised in Dubai), and come in limited quantities making them a very unique Christmas present.

For your chance to win this Christmas advent calendar from Coochy Coo, all you need to do is:
1/ "Like" the competition post on Dubai our Sandbox Facebook page
2/ Share the contest post with your friends on Facebook
3/ Leave a comment with "DONE" on Facebook
4/ Follow Coochy Coo on Facebook

Winners will be announced via Facebook on Tuesday November 18th. Good luck!
Prize to be collected at Coochy Coo office.


Check out coochycoo.net to view the a range of beautiful children’s Christmas advent calendar, stockings, Santa bags, pillows, bathrobes, aprons and T-shirts which can be personalised with the name and the birth date of the child. Company founder and General Manager Tanja Peters commented “We believe Coochy Coo offers our discerning customers a welcome alternative to Dubai's ‘big brand’ retail world where it is hard to find unique and trendy presents. "

Look out for Coochy Coo’s Craft Tent every Friday at Ripe Market’s new location at Zabeel Park where kids can craft their own Loom bands and stitch their first Tooth Fairy Pillows.

Customer enquiries can be submitted to shop@coochycoo.net or by calling 050 6577 982.


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Mountain Buggy Fitness Class - Post Natal fitness



It's time! Josefin turned 9 weeks yesterday, 2 months post delivery, I need to get back into some kind of exercise. Remember my previous blog post, couple of weeks ago about a Buggy Fitness class for new moms? Well, I tried it out this morning! Nice class, great trainer and lovely ladies. I signed up for 12 classes!

Mountain Buggy Fitness is about "getting out there and being active" whilst still being with your little one. Like Olivia our lovely trainer puts it "Having a child doesn't need to be a restriction to fitness and your well being".


This morning class was held at Al Ittihad Park on Palm Jumeirah, from 8.30 to 9.30. Consisting of warm up, stretching to improve flexibility, cardiovascular and strength exercises, core and pelvic floor strengthening exercises. Olivia will assure that the training session fits your level and will take in consideration your post delivery condition. The program has been developed specifically for women who have had babies to regain their pre pregnancy body composition and fitness, with particular focus on strengthening the core, toning up the bum and thighs, improving strength and muscle tone on the shoulders and arms. It's a gentle form of boot camp for new moms, but I did feel challenged at time and definitely happy afterward. It's a fun class, with a good variety of exercises, running and recovery time.

Mountain Buggy Fitness Class is a great way to get back into shape, be outdoor, offer fresh air to the little ones and meet new friends. After one class, I realize how much I need to sign up for this! My cardio level need to improve, as well as my overall strength. I trust Olivia to help me get back into my pre pregnancy body fitness level. She specialize in post natal exercises and understand the effects that pregnancy hormones still have on the body. The right combination of cardiovascular exercises which increase the heart rate, burning off excess calories and body fat; and strength training by using your own body weight performing exercises such as squats, lunges, and press-ups which increase body tone and give you a high resting metabolism. And most importantly in a safe way, I will strengthen the core area which is weakened and stretched through pregnancy. That's the plan!

Mountain Buggy Fitness
Every Saturday @ 8.00am at Jumeriah Beach new running track (Kite Beach)
Every Monday @ 8.30 am Dubai Marina – Beach front outside Marina Mall
Every Wednesday @ 8.30 am Palm Park under the mono rail meet at the main car park
Every Thursday - @8.45 Al Furjan Villas Park

AED 300 for 6 classes and receive a FREE Mountain Buggy Water Bottle
AED 500 for 12 classes and receive a FREE Mountain Buggy Pram Hang Bag filled with goodies

Facebook – MountainbuggyfitnessME
Instagram - MountainbuggyfitnessME
For more information on classes please contact Olivia Johnson of Ultra Sports +971 050 141 1766

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

"Mama Meets" at Koffecake Corner

Lovely morning THANKS to Mamavents, home of mamaknowsdubai.com . Always a good time for mama and kiddies with Mamavents. Today, we had coffee and cake at Koffeecake Corner Downtown Dubai to celebrate the launch of the new "Kiddie Corner" and the new "Tuesday Mama meet up". A great morning meet up for mommies looking to get to know other moms or catch up with lovely ladies from the community.

Koffeecake Corner offer good coffee, yummy cake, easy going location with pleasant outdoor terrace and a small corner for the kids to entertain themselves. Enjoy your hot drink while the kiddos play with the small toy selection or decorate their own cookies! Choice of coffee or tea and cake, 40dhs.

Can't do Tuesday meet up. Don't miss out on another opportunity to have a cuppa and a good chat while the little ones are having fun. Join "Mama Meets" every Sunday morning at at Caboodle Pamper & Play , Dubai Mall.

Caboodle is a spacious, calm environment where mamas can socialise whilst the little ones are entertained and well taken care of … Come for coffee and 2-hour access to the 2 play areas – Soft Play Area & Big Play Area and a structured , themed activities. 10 am to 12pm Sunday . Cost 70dhs ( per Parent and child ) RSVP : email kw@mamamediame.com.

See you at "Mama Meets" Sunday or Tuesday!


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Monday, November 3, 2014

Easy Pasta - family diner

What are your easy, no brainer recipes for nights when you are tired, starving and in need of comfort food? Here's a selection of easy pasta recipes for the whole family. 

Bon appetite!





Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Simonetta stylish dream for little girls




We missed the launch event last week of Simonetta Spa in Galeries Lafayette at The Dubai Mall. The lovely children wear boutique offers a modern and sophisticated layout has opted for special materials and neutral tones ranging from milk to dove so as to place maximum focus on the collections. Polka dots, an iconic feature of the Maison, are also used in the furnishings to create a fun and bright environment.

Luella unfortunately was not able to play dress up with the other cute girls aged from 2 to 8 years old in their Simonetta outfits, posing and modelling in front of the camera for the afternoon. We look forward to see more of the beautiful stylish collections from Italian retailer. Check out "shop-in-shops" and new single-brand projects available. www.simonetta.it

Tea and treats for two at The Pantry Café

Planning to pop in next week for Afternoon Tea at The Pantry Cafe. I look forward to catch up with a friend over yummy treats. 

The newly launched Afternoon Tea is a modern twist on the traditional affair, serving a selection of freshly baked handmade scones, Devonshire clotted cream, Sarabeth’s preserves, delicious finger sandwiches and scrumptious treats, using the very best ingredients and artisan breads, along with premium loose Tea leaves from TWG tea, one of the world’s finest tea brands. Afternoon Tea for Two – AED 150

Also available, the lighter version The Cream Tea includes scones, Devonshire clotted cream, Sarabeth’s preserves and a pot of freshly brewed tea. Cream Tea – AED 35 per person.

Afternoon Tea for Two at Pantry Café is served from Sunday to Thursday between 3pm and 6pm.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Getting in the Halloween vibe… Inspiration.



Check out those cute costumes ideas for little boys - easy enough to do at home yourself. Super Mario Brothers, DIY Dinosaur, Waldo where are you, StrongMan, and more.




And for the little girls, some inspiration to get your creativity sparkling… Breakfast at Tiffany,
Pink Poodle, SuperPowerGirls, Sweet Pocahontas, Hitchcock, MinionGirl, and more for the family.


More Halloween ideas check our previous posts...

Monday, October 20, 2014

Cool NEW stuff from IKEA



A really nice selection of paper stuff  now available from IKEA, from cards, gift bags, gift boxes, ribbons, stickers and a range of kid birthday party items. All super cute et super inexpensive. LOVE.

♥ And the secret is out… Christmas decoration is now in store, ready for purchase. I know it's early but don't you know how it is... by mid November the good stuff is sold out! 
Happy shopping.
xx


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Super Granny to the rescue

photo: www.munchkins.me

This week I had the opportunity to meet well known parenting coach and founder of Monsters to Munchkins: Super Granny, Andalene Salvesen. Highly respected for her guidance and expertise, she travels the world as a speaker, parenting coach and is the author of two parenting books: "A Brand New Child in 5 Easy Steps " and " Raising Happy, Healthy Children: A Practical Guide to Parenting and Nutrition".

The event held at super cute Sophie's café on Palm Jumeirah brought together some lovely ladies from mommies to bloggers to media. A lovely interactive and informative breakfast, about Super Granny inspiring method and insight on raising children and being an empowered parent. Andalene addressed issues such as tantrums, creative rewards and punishments, homework, healthy diet and empowering yourself as a parent. I also had a quick talk about my 6 weeks old baby Josefin, she was so helpful just within minutes with a brief reassuring conversation. I definitely can see how efficient and beneficial it could be to have her for a 3 hours home visit.

Thanks to Big On Children, Super Granny is now in Dubai to help families through coaching them, by personally assisting parents through tantrums, sleeping, eating and discipline problems in the privacy of their own home.The Exciting collaboration will see more of Super Granny in the UAE, thanks to the children’s store. So if you are struggling with your children, want to be a better parent, looking for answers on how to raise a healthy child through discipline and a healthy diet - look no longer. Andalene has now taken on the role as Big On Children’s Super Granny and will therefore visit the UAE with more frequency, thus expanding her talks and home visits.

For more info or to book a home visit or virtual visit via Skype with Andalene, please contact:
Larissa Fletcher
Larissa@munchkins.me
0509 114 398


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Think Pink in October

As you know Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer.

The K-Lynn Pledge

For example this October Dubai our Sandbox is joining K-Lynn Lingerie in n association with Pink Caravan and and their Care-Van fund-raising campaign, which is being activated across Dubai. This year, the women of the UAE can take the K-Lynn Pledge in two ways:

Take a selfie in front of the dedicated K-Lynn Pledge backdrop outside the K-Lynn Lingerie store at Mall of the Emirates
OR
Take a selfie holding a “Care-Van” card, which can be collected from any of the K-Lynn stores in the UAE and Hashtagging the image with #KlynnPinkCaravan

The campaign aimed to raise and donate AED10,000 to Pink Caravan’s “Care-Van” campaign, by achieving 1000 Pledges during Breast Cancer Awareness Month – with every Pledge donation going towards the goal of raising AED15 million, to pay for the operational management of the “Care-Van” for the next 3 years.




Check out the video I took part in,  to raise awareness.
Thanks K-Lynn for having me.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Win a AED200 Powercard from Fun City!

Yes again! It's another competition on the blog… Your chance to win a Powercard valued at AED 200 for your next visit to Fun City to enjoy with the kids! We had fun this summer at the Oasis Center branch, check our previous blog post.



It's easy to participate, all you need to do is:
1/ "Like" the competition post on Dubai our Sandbox Facebook page and share with friends
2/ Follow FunCity and Dubai our Sandbox on Facebook
3/ Answer this question on the Facebook post : What are the colours of Fun City logo?
a. Red, green and yellow
b. Blue, red and yellow
c. Yellow, blue and pink

The winner will be announced via Facebook on Thursday October 16th.
Good luck everyone!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Win a Frozzy Pack with Tavola

More cool prizes for grab! Thanks to Tavola, super retailer for all high quality cookware, bake ware (love the cake decorating selection) and tableware brands.

Here's your chance to win a Frozzy Pack. Perfect for lunch box, they are BPA free, easy to use, just pop the lid in the freezer overnight, clip the lid on the base and your food will keep cool for up to 7 hours. We have 5 Frozzy Packs to give away so we will randomly pick 5 winners.

Easy all you need to do:
1/ "Like" the competition post on Dubai our Sandbox Facebook page
2/ Share the contest post with your friends on Facebook
3/ Leave a comment with "DONE" on Facebook
4/ Follow Tavola on Facebook
Winners will be announced via Facebook on Sunday October 12th. Good luck!
Prize to be collected in Tavola store.


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Competition: Cocoa Butter Goodies from Palmers

Something for the whole family! Your chance to win a Palmer give-away! Our old time favourite Cocoa Butter Formula...

Competition time!
Dubai our Sandbox and Palmers has teamed up for your chance to win a Palmers Gift Basket worth AED200.
The basket includes: 
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Baby Butter (250ml), Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E (350ml),
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula for Men (250ml) and a super soft bath towel.

It's easy to participate, all you need to do is:
1/ "Like" the competition post on Dubai our Sandbox Facebook page
2/ Share the contest post with your friends on Facebook
3/ Leave a comment with "DONE" on Facebook
4/ Follow Palmers on Facebook

Winners will be announced via Facebook on Sunday October 5th. Good luck!

Introducing the Foonf! from Clek

Last week we got to try out the "Rolls Royce" of all car seat manufactured in North America:  The Foonf from Clek.

There is so many details and features which make the Foonf so much better and safer then most car seats. I will list some important points but to get the full spectrum you need to check out their website (or view the video below for a good overall understanding).

First of all don't rush to change from rear-facing to forward-facing. In a new policy statement published in the April 2011 issue of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Pediatrics now advises parents to keep toddlers in rear-facing car seats until age two. Check out this good read from parenting.com

Clek recommendations with the Foonf is 14-50 lbs., 25-43”, able to sit upright alone, for rear-facing and 20-65 lbs., 30-49”; age 1 minimum, age 2+ recommended for forward-facing.

Foonf Overview:
- Extended Rear-Facing Installation
Foonf was designed to international best practices for extended rear-facing use, which is to accommodate children in a rear-facing installation until their 4th birthday.

- Rigid Sub-Structure
Foonf is reinforced by a steel and magnesium sub-structure.

- Energy-absorbing foam-lined Headrest connected to frame using steel rods provides maximum head protection in a side-impact collision. Also Energy-Absorbing Foam Layers, on both the inside and outside of the frame protect your child by absorbing energy in a side-impact collision, resulting in less force directly upon your child.

- Anti-Rebound Bar
In Rear-Facing mode, Foonf’s Anti-Rebound bar improves stability by limiting rotation of the child seat, helping protect your child’s head from impact in the case of a collision.

- The Revolutionary REACT™ Safety System
Reducing the forces transmitted to your forward-facing child in a frontal collision.

- Rigid-LATCH Forward-Facing Installation

- Improved Rear-Facing Installation
Unique design improves Rear-Facing installation with an easy-access belt path, small footprint and
- Smooth Recline for comfort

- Crypton® Super Fabric, provide permanent protection against stains, moisture and odor-causing bacteria.

What we think! 
The installation process is describe as easy but, I was glad someone installed for me - did not look so easy! You can install it via seatbelt , via latch or both. What's great, with every foonf purchase you may call the Clek UAE team and schedule a FREE Installation. The technician will make sure the seat is properly installed if you require. Or you can watch the online videos.

- The Foonf looks like the most advanced convertible carseats on the market, with unique, high-tech safety features and exceptional rear-facing weight and height limits. The Latch system is definatelly the safest installation. Buying the Foonf, you know you are getting your money worth, and that's good because it's a bit pricey but so worth it. 

- Luella was not so happy at first, we just moved her out of her car seat last week into using the build-in car booster seat from our new XC60 Volvo (as per the height and weight indications). She obviously felt like she was regressing to "small kid". Quickly the Foonf, became attractive to her as well. Comfort, hight, recline… and it looks good!

- Overall, Foonf offer comfort, safety, convenience and style. It can call o-exist without sacrifice.

Retail:
ClekUAE LLC the exclusive distributor for Clek products in dubai.
Contact: +971 52 699 4214 or jennifer@clekuae.com
www.facebook.com/ClekUAE
Retail price starts at AED 2,900
also available at Bumble Bee Dubai Mall or mumzworld.com






In the press with Good Magazine... kids friendly diner.


Reipe from a previous Dubai our Sandbox blog post " Diner: spagetthi nests ", 
in the September 2014 issue of Good Magazine
Bon Appetit.
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Monday, September 29, 2014

I ♥ scarfs



Inspiration...
Check out the 21 difference stylish ways to wear a scarf.
The "knotting cards" by Hermès.


This Mum's life - GoodHouseKeeping mag


"This Mum's life" feature in the September 2014 issue of Good House Keeping Magazine (middleEast). Still pregnant at the time... 
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