Friday, December 18, 2015

We tried TaskSpotting, the app that pays ...

Something we tried last week... A cool App that has created a new way for brands to engage with customers, TaskSpotting empowers consumers to inform and influence their networks. Tried and tested...

Smartphone app TaskSpotting, known to app users across the Middle East as ‘the app that pays’, has successfully evolved and is set to reward more consumers than ever, providing brands with instant genuine feedback and digital word of mouth.





Download the TaskSpotting app via iTunes or Google Play
Create a profile to be matched with brand experiences
Receive free products delivered to their door to try
Give feedback, post reviews, images and videos on social media all via the TaskSpotting app 

Consumers receive full size samples of their favourite products from big-name brands completely free of charge, directly to their door. All they need to do is try the products then share their honest feedback via the TaskSpotting app.


Apart from receiving complimentary products, app users are rewarded with points, which are converted into raffle entries every month for the chance to win exciting prizes.

TaskSpotting has partnered with some of the world’s most well known brands including Unilever, IKEA and Audi. Two TaskSpotting brand experiences are currently live – one for Syoss Hair Care and one for Barilla Pasta.

We had fun with the Barilla Pasta experience. From receiving the package, sharing the news, answering the quick survey and completing the "missions" like cooking a pasta dish to sharing on social media, its all good fun, if you have the time to get into the game!

Like us, 2,500 consumers across the UAE have just received a hamper of Barilla Pasta products, containing two large boxes of pasta, two bottles of gourmet sauce and a recipe book.

Through TaskSpotting, brands can engage and connect with their customers and collect their thoughts and feedback on products and services allowing them to receive clear insight on their offering and drive digital word of mouth.

To find out how you can be rewarded via TaskSpotting, visit taskspottingapp.com to download the app today. Have fun and get free stuff...






Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Family Friday at Saadiyat Beach Club - stuff we love!




Last Friday was a blissful family day at Saadiyat Beach Club. It took us just over one hour from Dubai to reach a little place of natural beauty off the cost of Abu Dhabi. Arabic for "Happiness Island,"Saadiyat was truly our happy spot this weekend.



We spent the morning by the family pool in one of the beautiful cabana. Perfect set up for the family, we could lounge around, swim and sip on refreshing drinks. All very stylish...


Every Friday, Saadiyat Beach Club set up Safina’s Friday brunch ‘Like No Other’ inspired by specialties from French & Italian Rivieras with a hint of the Levant. Safina’s “Brunch Like No Other” is every foodie’s paradise. The vibrant open kitchen is the heart of the restaurant, where you can peek at the expert chefs. From,  BBQ grills, aromatic curries and live cooking stations through to fabulously fresh seafood and a dessert station to satisfy even the sweetest tooth. We were delighted by the selection of food like Cajun marinade beef striploin, chargrilled cigali lobster and freshly barbequed chicken skewers while sipping on Prosecco and Cuba Libre cocktails. 

Choose between indoor dining or like us on sun-shaded terrace and take in the stunning views of the pool and crystal blue sea.




Girls had a great time! They enjoyed some food from the children buffet like mini hamburgers and also from the live pasta station. Saadiyat Beach Club will make it easier for parents to enjoy their brunch experience with kids being entertained in the kid's corner just adjacent from Safina. There was not many children, just enough to make it family friendly but not over busy and loud. Luella and Josefin enjoyed the activities like face painting, arts and craft and lego blocks.

After lunch, the fun continued for the girls at the actual Kids Club located on the other side of the family pool. A small tent provide just enough entertainment, thanks to the lovely lady on duty who took the girls for some play time while us parents got to relax by the pool. The Kid's Club has a large pool and garden area for activities and games to keep the little ones busy.



The rest of the afternoon was spent as a family on the stunning beach - 9km stretch of white sandy beach and crystal blue waters . The dunes are protected in respect for the environment and eco-system. Saadiyat Beach Club has been certified Blue Flag eco label since October 2013.

By 3pm, the after brunch lounge party with live DJ is a lovely spot to soak up rest of the day and watch the sunset. It's a very relaxed atmosphere where happy couples, group of friends and family mingles around cocktails, shisha and cool music - wonderful weekend vibes.


Price and details:
The Safina Brunch is served every Friday 1pm - 4pm at Safina, 
AED 275 per person / soft beverages, 
AED 375 per person / house beverages and Proseco, 
AED 475 per person / house beverages and French bubbly. 
Children below the age of 12 eat and play for free. 
Diners can also enjoy full access to the Saadiyat Beach Club facilities including access to the beach and pool for an additional AED 215 per person (additional to the brunch package).

Day Pass
Escape for a day and experience all that Saadiyat Beach Club.
Festive Day Pass Rates - Valid from 1st December, 2015: 
Weekday: Single150 / Couple 250 / junior 75 / children below 12 free
Weekend/ Public Holidays: Single 290 / Couple 500 / junior 145 / children below 12 free
Daily Guests have the following benefits:
• Access to the Beach, Swimming Pool and Loungers until sunset
• Access to the Workout Room until 8:00PM
• Access to the Spa facilities including the sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and plunge pool until 8:00PM

For reservations please call 02 656 3500 or email Safina@saadiyatbeachclub.ae. For further information regarding Saadiyat Beach Club please visit www.saadiyatbeachclub.ae



Sunday, December 13, 2015

Destination UAQ Marine Club, UAE best kept secret



That was our little spot of happiness during the UAE national day weekend. This is on of the UAE best kept secret! So keep it between us... UAQ Marine Club is a fantastic easy going family friendly little resort to chill out away from busy and flamboyant Dubai. Looking for a another kind of staycation, not your Dubai 5 stars Beach Resort? Something down to earth, kid friendly in a clean and well sorted efficient way with lots of activities for the whole family... You find it!

We had a great time with friends and family, and look forward to be back.

UAQ Marine Club is about 1h from Dubai. A secluded little spot, UAQ Marine Club works closely with the Ministry of Environment and Water to protect the beautiful mangrove islands, for which we now reap the benefits of the breathtaking nature scene. If you lucky you might wake up to the picturesque still waters where flamingos, herons and other local shore birds can be seen dotted along the water’s edge.



Certified Outdoor Adventure Center. There is activities for all ages and abilities. Whether you want a quiet weekend away with nothing but the sound of waves and a good book or whether you looking for an adrenaline fuelled adventure. 

Activities:
The Umm Al Quwain Marine Club has created the thrill of an outdoor experience and challenge through an impressive high ropes course, from climbing wall to zip line or the leap of faith tower.

Water sport activities include, Wakeboarding, Waterskiing, Kayaking, Canoeing, Stand-Up Paddling, Banana Boat or Doughnut rides, Knee boarding, Windsurfing...

There is a large playground next to the pool for kiddos to explore.

We also got to try out archery and a lovely boat ride just before sunset to see turtles and flamingos around the mangroves. What not to like...

Accommodation:
Well appointed one bedroom Barasti Chalets features a balcony/ terrace, queen size bed and one bunk bed . The room can accommodate two adults and two children (under the age of 12) with existing bedding. Its spacious enough and clean.

Food:
Anglers’ restaurant is situated at the poolside. It offers salads, pizza, pasta and all the classics. Perfect for lunch and early kids diner, it's also where breakfast is served every morning.
For diner, order your BBQ, they will set it up for you by your terrace or the Barasti Area on the beach.

Check out uaqmarineclub.com for more info, booking and inquiries.
AED 750: 1 Chalet with breakfast /per night

Thursday, December 10, 2015

3 of our Christmas traditions...

Just Kidding  asked Dubai Mummy Bloggers about their Christmas rituals for kids. Our three traditions we will be doing every years in December.  A new ones I would love to starts... 

ADVENT CALENDAR:
Advent is the period before Christmas, we count down the day using a calendar made of 24 bags or boxes. In each box or bag there is a little present, candy, personal message. The little notes could be a message of appreciation or something to do on the day like watching a xmas movie and drinking hot chocolate or going to the book store to pick up a new story book about the holidays or choose a new ornement for the tree…

ADVENT CANDLE:
We also count the days before Christmas using candles, a tradition from the Scandinave side of our family. One candle is lit on the first Sunday of Advent, two are lit on the second Sunday and so on, total of 4 candles are lit up.

GINGERBREAD HOUSE:
The week before Christmas, we make a gingerbread house together as a family project. A gingerbread house is a model house made of gingerbread, then covered with a variety of candies and icing. There is a lot of pre-made kits available. We use one as a base and build from there… 

Full articles with all the beautiful answers from Dubai Mommy Bloggers... Here!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Kid Style with Poupette a la Plage - holiday season


Cuteness alert and kid style we love! Check out the new collection from Poupette a la Plage, the lovely homegrown children’s brand from Dubai. Read our interview with Founder and Creative Director Katia Najjar here!

Poupette à la Plage is delighted to launch it’s first every XMAS collection this festive season. This is part of the brand’s strategy as continues to grow on its trajectory having recently launched its first line for Preteens.

In addition to the London Liberty Fabric, the Creative Directors has used new fabrics in her creations, which include leather, bouclet, cotton sparkling fabric and a small of Swarovski to enhance the festive appeal of the product.

The collection remains classic but trendy. The colors are varied and range from white and pink to shades of grey and black! Sizes start from 6month to 12 Years.

Poupette a la Plage
M106-BOX PARK Jumeirah 2
Sund-Wed 10am-10pm
Thurs-Sat 10am-12am

www.poupettealaplage.com
www.facebook.com/poupalaplage
www.instagram.com/poupettealaplage


Monday, November 30, 2015

Next So Chic Fashion Designer Sale - Dec 7th

So Chic event is back...
After a successful evening at Cove Beach, So Chic are calling on all Dubai based fashionistas to put Monday December 7th in their diaries! So Chic event will be at unexpected and exclusive Pacha Dubai!

So Chic is an exclusive private sale of pre-loved designer wear including clothes, shoes, bags and accessories. As usual guests will have the opportunity to purchase fashion gems for a fraction of their original price, some coming from exclusive collections in Europe that have never before been available in Dubai. Featuring a carefully curated selection of pre-loved items from brands like Balenciaga, Chanel, Dior, Jimmy Choo, Louboutin, Fendi, Missoni, Maje, DVF, Marc Jacobs, Barbara Bui, Ba&sh, Sandro, Isabel Marant, Vanessa Bruno, Paul&Joe, Zadig et Voltaire, and Maison Marginal. Dubai’s stylish crowd can also shop brand new clothes and accessories straight off the streets of Paris from Les Petites, Bel Air and Petite Mendigote.

The event not to be missed, perfect for the festive season wardrobe update! 


Let's not forget the mums and the kids!
For kids, a dedicated So Chic kids corner will be present at Frioul restaurant with Happy Box and Pomme kids. Kids will be able to enjoy fun activities from Happy box while their mum enjoy their exclusive shopping  experience. Shop children’s items from Bonpoint, Bonton...

Little extra and good to know....
- So Chic Fashion Designer Sale at Pacha Ibiza Dubai & Frioul bistro
- December 7th from 8AM to midnight.
- From 7pm onwards, Fashion ladies will enjoy 2 complementary drinks from Pacha Ibiza Dubai, while shopping till midnight!
- Sharing Box photo boot will capture memories of a fun day and night out!
- Caudalie Paris, the French skincare company will offer instant beauty facials, hand beauty treatments and goodie bags to the first 200 guests. Two lucky winners will also walk away with a full set of Caudalie beauty products.
- MAC Cosmetics, the leading professional makeup brand, will offer mini makeovers free of charge at its makeup station for the perfect make up for the Xmas season!
- For this occasion, Frioul bistro located right next to Pacha Ibiza Dubai, will offer a special So Chic menu! Enjoy a bite by the canals of Jumeirah Madinat fall in love with French cuisine!

See you there ladies!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Sprinkle some magic with Spinneys this Holidays

Last week, we got to celebrate Christmas a little early thanks to Spinneys. We gathered around a lovely home made Christmas diner prepared by exclusive Spinneys Chef Mark. It was a mouth-wateringly delicious pre-xmas diner with all the trimmings. A real treat! The evening also included some demonstrations to teach us the tricks behind Christmas cooking and loads of handy Christmas preparation tips.

The festive season is fast approaching and Spinneys is here to help spread a little magic. With aisles packed with delicious goodies from perfectly pre-prepared turkey dishes through to succulent, easy-to-cook sides, and a range of luxury gifts to suit the whole family, all you need to worry about is which Christmas classic to watch first!

Don’t give a thought to Christmas dinner preparation this year because at Spinneys you can order in store and choose from a wide variety of delectable Christmas treats. From tantalising turkey breasts with cranberry and orange marmalade, to a whole fresh side of sublime Scottish salmon, Spinneys guarantees a magical at-home festive feast like no other. Spinners offer a fantastic selection of

Spinners offers a fantastic selection of gourmet items to make your Christmas in the kitchen so much easier and so delicious. Spoiled for choice with , beautiful range of turkeys, including Irish, organic Tegel or a whole turkey crown with fresh maple and chestnut chicken stuffing and smoked turkey bacon. Meat lovers will delight in the Welsh lamb rack, tender Wagyu beef sirloin or the festively fresh rolled lamb with figgy pudding stuffing. Beef, dripping with horseradish and chive butter, is sure to be a stand-out festive favourite.

For those looking for lighter Christmas dinner options, Spinneys has sourced only the best and freshest seafood and offers a contemporary impressive seafood platter and exquisite caviar on blinis and crostini for that extra splash of luxury.

Rounding off a magical meal, Spinneys offers a platter of only the best and most luxurious cheeses, including Brie de Meaux, Cashel Blue and Sartori. Desert includes tarts, pies and puddings.

Spinneys customers can order their Christmas menus in store until 19 December.
For more information, please visit spinneys-dubai.com

It doesn’t stop at food as Spinneys also presents a range of magical luxury Christmas gifts, guaranteed to make the whole family smile, from stuffed reindeers to crackers there is something for everyone. 


Lovely event last week, early Christmas cheers with festive decor, music and delicious home made holiday dinner , prepared by chef Mark from Spinneys. Bonus, I got to catch up with Louise from "Mum of Boys"  and Kaja from "Sassy Mamas" by the Christmas tree...



COMPETITION - YOUR CHANCE TO WIN!!!
To help spread a little magic this festive season, we have teamed up with the UAE’s favourite supermarket, Spinneys and are giving away AED 500 Spinneys vouchers to one lucky winner.

The talented chefs at Spinneys have been preparing mouth-wateringly delicious Christmas dishes, which are now ready to order in store. From ready-to-cook Christmas turkeys to a special limited edition Christmas cake containing a whole candied orange, Spinneys has your Christmas covered!

To be in with a chance of winning, go to our Facebook page and  like and share the post, and answer the question below in the comment box:

Q. What fruit is hidden inside the Spinneys limited edition Christmas Cake?
A. An orange
B. An apple
C. A pear 

Good luck! Winner will be announced on Sunday December 6th via Facebook.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Our adventure at The Dubai Butterfly Garden

Yesterday morning, on a spontaneous idea, we decided to visit The Butterfly Garden. Pappa is travelling, it’s just me and the girls this weekend… Up and ready to go by 9am, we arrived around 9.30 on a quite Friday morning, a gorgeous Sunny Dubai winter day!

The Butterfly Garden is part of The Dubai Miracle Garden, an attraction we will come back to and visit on another occasion.

Along many variety of flowers, visitors get to walk around thousands of beautiful brightly coloured butterflies. The circular garden, currently feature three domes, decorated with flower displays and are home to a range of butterflies in various colours, sizes and species. The domes are climate-controlled, giving the butterflies a comfortable environment and allowing the domes to be open year-round.

We spent about two hours at The Butterfly Garden. It’s lovely to walk around the domes, looking and staring at butterflies. We had a little snack from the coffeeshop in the outdoor garden and had a look at the little butterfly museum (room before the domes entrance). Children will love to “hold” a butterfly or become the landing spot for some of the 24 different variety of butterflies from different countries.


Dubai Miracle Garden is open 9am to 9pm on weekdays 
and 9am to 11pm on Friday and Saturdays.
Regular admission is Dh30 per person. 
Butterfly Garden id Dh50 per person.
Entry is free for people with disabilities and children three and under.

For more details visit the Dubai Miracle Garden 


Monday, November 23, 2015

Get into the Holiday spirit with Dubai Winter Festival

It's that time of the year... Getting a little excited about the holidays coming up! Ok, it's early but never too early for some happy festive mood. So here's a little heads up about Dubai Winter Festival: the UAE’s number one festive celebration, with everything you love about Christmas in one place.

The third Dubai Winter Fest will be held on 17 - 19 Dec at the Dubai World Trade Centre hosting an array of seasonal festivities for all the family. Dubai our Sandbox is an official support of the Festival and we can't to celebrate with you...


Dubai Winter Festival is everything you love about Christmas in one place. The Dubai World Trade Centre will be transformed with a wintery Christmas wonderland to help you step into the festive spirit.Taste incredible festive dishes from Dubai’s hottest restaurants, take part in Christmas festive workshops, enjoy festive activities and find the perfect gifts in the Christmas Market.

Here are some of our favourites features not to be missed:

Chupa Chups Santas Grotto
The Santa’s Grotto is the perfect opportunity for your little ones to Meet Santa himself. Each child is given a gift from Santa to take away with them

Giant Christmas Tree
Gather round with the family and get ready to join in the countdown! Watch as Dubai’s magical Christmas tree brightens up the night sky with a lighting ceremony each evening at 6pm, live from the Entertainment stage

French Bakery Gingerbread House Decorating
The Gingerbread House workshop promises you hours of sweet fun and creative activity with the end result being your very own personalized gingerbread house.
From frosted roofs to colorful candy accents, you’ll have all the tools you need to personalize and take home your very own Gingerbread creation!

Decathlon Ice Rink
Glide and skate in the glistening sunshine or under the stars whilst listening to your favourite Christmas tunes. Whether you’re young or old, this feature is suitable for everyone! With instructors on hand to assist. Tickets are available to book in advance or on the day at the Ice rink.
Please note that the Ice Rink is only for children aged 5 and above.

Letters to Santa
A popular feature from last year and a chance for kids and parents to think about their wish list for Christmas and then post them in the special post box for the elves to deliver to Santa in time for Christmas Eve

Funfair
For those who like to feel the adrenalin, the fun fair is the ideal place to let loose and have some festive frolics for young and old. Get ready for the ride of your life on high speed ride Crazy Fire which takes those who love adventure to a different level or spin through the air on Crazy Frog as it takes you up, down and around in a circular motion. Open to the whole family, this year will see a range of traditional rides that are guaranteed to bring smiles to everyone’s faces.

Haribo Snow fight zone
Have fun throwing snowballs or spread your wings and show your friends how to make the perfect snow angel in the Snow Fight Zone.

Funky Monkeys Kids Zone
Kids can enjoy the official kids zone area with loads of activities from face painting and bouncy castles to arts and crafts to entertainment shows. There is plenty to keep children entertained throughout the day

Christmas Wish
Have fun decorating a bauble with your children and bring it along to the festival to hang on one of our Christmas Wish Trees. As you hang the Bauble on the tree, make a wish, you never know what might come true

Get ready for some winter holiday spirit, the Dubai Winter Festival is not to be missed. Check out dubaiwinterfestival.com for more info and to buy your tickets... Early bird tickets are up for grab now!


Early Bird (until 1st December)
Pantomime show AED 90
Gold Ticket 2 for AED160
Standard adult 2 for AED75
Standard child 2 for 35

Advance (From 1st December)
Pantomime show AED 110
Gold Ticket for AED100
Standard adult AED55
Standard child AED25

On the door
Pantomime show AED 130
Gold Ticket for AED120
Standard adult AED75
Standard child AED35


Sunday, November 22, 2015

WIN - Safina's family brunch @Saadiyat Beach Club


To celebrate the return of Safina’s family-friendly Friday ‘Brunch Like No Other’ at Saadiyat Beach Club, we’re giving you the chance to win a brunch for a family of four (2 adults and 2 children) worth AED 950.

Safina’s brunch offers a fresh taste of the Mediterranean and Levant in one of the most breathtaking and stylish settings the UAE has to offer. Children will be thoroughly entertained with full access to the kids’ area, throughout brunch. A fun-packed schedule of activities for all ages is on offer including face painting, arts and crafts and much more.



For a chance to win, all you have to do is answer this question on Dubai our Sandbox Facebook page:
Question: What is the name of Safina’s Friday Brunch? 
Answers:
- Brunch Like No Other
- We Love to Brunch
- Saadiyat Brunch

Terms & Conditions
Prize is for two adults and two children (under 12) worth up to AED 950
Located in Saadiyat Beach Club, Safina brunch is available from 13:00pm to 4:00pm Friday only.
Winner will be announced via our Facebook page on Sunday 29th of November. Good luck!

For reservations please call 02 656 3500 or email Safina@saadiyatbeachclub.ae. For further information regarding Saadiyat Beach Club please visit saadiyatbeachclub.ae




Wednesday, November 18, 2015

#BloggerMeet with Babyshop... new winter collection


Yesterday's media breakfast with Babyshop: a lovely set up at Hamptons Caféon Jumeira Beach Road to preview the new winter collection. 
#BloggerMeet

The collection is all about warmth and comfort with popular winter themes, which are represented with classic shapes, floral prints and ruffles for girls. Keeping in mind the spirit of the season, there is a sweet selection of fun party outfits.

The collection is available across all 47 stores in UAE. Customers can also shop online at landmarkshops.com/babyshop 


Thursday, November 12, 2015

Holiday Souk is open with babysouk.com

Already thinking about your holiday shopping? I would like to think, that yes starting now and getting organised with it, is possible.. .Well, looking through babysouk.com, new toys selection,
I might be onto something...

The online retailer has a good selection of toys for boys and girls. You will find Jigsaw Puzzles, Pretend Play, Scooters And Ride-Ons, Wooden Toys, Soft Toys & Comforters and Books from lovely brands like BeatrixNY, Crocodile Creek, Eddingtons, Le Toy Van, Moon by Mazoon, Moulin Roty, Vulli, Micro scooter and lots more..




I have a soft spot for adorable Moulin Roty soft plush toys and so does Josefin. This lovely little suitcase with Baby Nini mouse wearing a nappy, includes a sleeping bag, a baby bottle (cloth), and a pair of bloomers. Just compact enough to take on the go and entertain the little one... It's a cute role play set nicely tucked into an small illustrated suitcase with handle to be able to take on adventures and travels. La Grande Famille are a wonderful collection of soft toys with long limbs and smart clothes from Moulin Roty, check out more option from babysouk.com



If you are looking for puzzles, checkout at Crocodile Creek, high -quality floor puzzle in wonderful, heavy-duty, contour-shaped gift box. We liked the jumbo pieces and wonderful colors.

Why we love and trust babysouk?
Free next day delivery in Dubai
Pretty gift wrap
Great customer service
Happy shopping with babysouk.com, where the magic begins...



Wednesday, November 11, 2015

My Fantastic Life in Dubai : The Oh-so True Story of Jumeirah Jane (The Ultimate Expat)




Check out JJ! We met last night at Sofitel The Palm, at an exclusive cocktail event at the lovely Maui Beach Bar. She's the main character, the now infamous Jumeirah Jane, in a comic guide-book entirely dedicated to her: My Fantastic Life in Dubai.

Writer Kyra Dupont Troubetzkoy and illustrator Céline Mallard, with simple drawings and funny comments, they underline the funny side of the privileged and often spoiled lives of the married expats. Ok, lets face it we can all relate and its good fun!

Kyra Dupont Troubetzkoy, author of the novel, said: “This is truly an important moment in JJ’s life; she is finally brought to life and we hope you will like her sense of humor. She is unique and we believe she is the best spokesperson for our lifestyle here in Dubai, containing scenes that only happen in Dubai or as we so fondly call it ‘so Dubai’”.

Following around the book’s heroine JJ and detailing her every day life, the novel is a great souvenir of expat life and makes a perfect present for visitors. And a good stocking filler for this holiday season...The book, which has been published by Morethanbooks, is available in the following stores: Jashanmal bookstores, Relay, Spinneys, Carrefour, Hyper Panda, Giant, Lulu Hypermarket, Abela, W.H.Smith, Kinokuniya, Bookshop Trading, All Prints, Emirates Airlines, Magrudys, Borders, Bookplus, Virgin Mega Stores, ACE Hardware, Comptoir 102, Hamptons Café, Alliance française Dubai, retailing at only AED 75.



Media Breakfast with Petit Bateau - what's new...



Media Breakfast and collection preview
Last week, we mama bloggers * and media ladies (plus cute babies) enjoyed a delicious french breakfast at gorgeous bistro boulangerie La Serre to celebrate the Petit Bateau new collection audit's collaboration with French designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac. A great friendly morning celebrating kid style, french touch and children international day coming up...







About Jean-Charles de Castelbajac collaboration with Petit Bateau
The famous designer, play with his colourful, whimsical style on iconic Petit Bateau pieces. This kind of poetic reinterpretations is an art-designer who is constantly renewing his style and passion for colour. A very cool and playful collection. Jean-Charles adds his charming French touch with fantastic, colourful prints and illustrations. Colourful portraits of a daydreaming sailor gleefully grace pure cotton baby vests, T-shirts and sweatshirts. Bold colours – blue, red and yellow – lend the collection both glitz and contrast and Petit Bateau’s mischievous world takes on new poetic meaning and pop style thanks to Jean-Charles Castelbajac’s vision. This delightful partnership between one of the biggest names in French fashion and the classic brand from Troyes has resulted in an event collection full of French charm. Don’t miss the limited collection, soon in store.





International Children's Day event
On another note, mark your calendar for a cool event, not to be missed with the family. International Children’s Day with Petit Bateau who will be celebrating on November 20th with exciting activations, such as photo booths with fun props and promotions throughout the day, the magic will happen at all three Petit Bateau stores in the UAE. Children’s Day celebrates the international protection of children around the world and designer French children’s wear brand Petit Bateau will be showing its full support through various family-friendly happenings in-store. Throughout the day at the three Petit Bateau stores in The Dubai Mall, Mall of Emirates and Yas Mall, there will be fun activities such as sand art, t-shirt painting and a “Spin to Win” wheel of fortune with prizes such as, candy boxes, Petit Bateau water bottles, beach towels, vanity cases and shopping vouchers to be won.

Lovely to see you fellow blogger and friends...
tuesdayschild.me 
lebrasse.com
mommyindubai.com
mumofboys.co.uk
themothershipdxb.com
sandinmytoes.tk
and more...




Monday, November 9, 2015

SunMum: a feel good beach workout



Looking for another kind of workout?
Cool, fun and challenging taking advantage of our beautiful Dubai beach?

Surf House has set up SunMum, a 4 weeks program combining
Standup paddling, Yoga , Beach fitness all finished off with a bowl of acai and coffee 
back at the Surf House.

Mondays or Wednesdays 8.30 to 9.30
right after drop off!

I am loving it! 

Sign up and make the most of it. 
Sun, sand, sea, coffee and acai

sjaak@surfingdubai.com
050 5043020

Read more about Surf House Dubai on Dubai our Sandbox




Saturday, November 7, 2015

#stuffwelove : Organic Baby Boutique



I recently came across Noah’s Garden, an online baby boutique that prides itself on sourcing the finest in kids wear and accessories from around the world. The online store was the first of its kind in the UAE, and the product selection is based on the first hand experience of the brand owners – Habbabeh Al Abbas and Iulia Al Fardan.

They carry a beautiful selection of baby and mama items, I am loving so many items. It's truly a well curated selection put together by two mothers with needs, ideas and inspiration. The pair began the journey of motherhood around the same time, and felt frustrated with the limited range of baby clothing and products available in the market. Recognizing this as an opportunity, and inspired by the needs of their own babies, Habbabeh and Iulia started Noah’s Garden.

Taking advantage of nap times, and doing what they could between feeds and changes, the women explored what was available online and were inspired by what they found. ‘I remember working at my laptop in my pajamas in the early hours of the morning after a feed, and having Skype meetings with brands in the US and Australia – with the camera turned off, of course!,’ laughs Habbabeh as she recalls the road the pair have traveled to get the brand up and running.

A year and half since deciding to go into business together, Noah’s Garden launched with some of the world’s finest brands. From celebrity concepts like Sapling by Jamie King, Mini La Mode and Lexie Pexie to Seedling, Modern Lil and more - they have the very best available at the click of a button.





Many of the brands available on the site are exclusive to Noah’s Garden. The pair focus on sourcing brands that offer items made of organic cotton, are eco-friendly and are from fair trade industries – often supporting women in under privileged communities.

Noah’s Garden is the exclusive retailer of Bamboo Nature diapers that are the most eco-friendly diapers currently available.

Iulia says, ‘The brands we stock all offer items that we as mothers would recommend to our sisters or friends… It’s all skin friendly, baby friendly and what we honestly believe to be the better choice.’

Noah’s Garden is a locally owned business, and supported by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Establishment for young business leaders in the UAE. 

You can find Noah’s Garden on Instagram and Facebook. Happy shopping! 


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Top 5 Movies on DVD for Kids by Mini Exchange

By Mini Exchange

Planning a kids’ weekend? How about a movie night for your kids and their best buds? Sound fun? There’s a long list of movies you can choose from when it comes to kids’ favorites’. To help you make your selection, here’s a list of top 5 kid-pleasing picks that will definitely entertain your little ones.



The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
From the all-time favourite animated series to the big screen. Spongebob Squarepants, together with his friends Patrick, Squidward, Mr. Krabs and Sandy will have to take an out-of-the-water world journey to conquer a not-so-friendly pirate named Burger Beard who stole the top secret recipe of Krabby Patties. He will also have to join forces with Plankton to defeat the bad guy. Fun filled with adventure that will satiate kids’ humour.

Penguins of Madagascar
The four most elite spies ever hatched collaborated with an undercover organization called North Wind. Fearless Penguins Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, and Private joined forces with the organization which is led by Agent Classified to defeat the villain Dr. Octavius whose motive is to destroy the world.
Little ones will enjoy this movie because most kids are extremely fascinated by animals.

Big Hero 6
This is a story of a kind hearted robot named Baymax whose sole purpose is to take care of people. He was transformed into a high-tech hero, together with his other robot friends, to help Hiro who is his closest companion. Kids will love the thrilling journey of the characters while learning the importance of friendship.

Home
Home is a story about fun and friendship starring a little girl (Tip) and an alien (Oh). This movie will certainly captivate kids’ hearts. Two friends set out together to find Tip’s mother after the earth’s alien invasion. A fun movie with heartwarming story.

Frozen
Let it go! Every little girl knows who Elsa or Anna is. The story of a kingdom trapped in a never-ending winter and how Anna and her friends find her sister, Snow Queen Elsa and break her icy spell. The journey to success isn’t that easy and there are a handful of mishaps in their way but greatness will always reign. Frozen is the perfect movie to teach kids the power of love and how it can turn all things to beauty. 

Thanks Mini Exchange for sharing some cool must see kid movies suggestions.

Here's some ideas to make it even more special by planning a family movie night or a party with friends. Popcorn station is always a good and yummy idea, we love this one from family fresh meals or a hot coco bar. Keep it cosy on your sofa or set up a backyard under the stars movie night. Here's more ideas and printable for a fun and truly special movie night!



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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Last minute, easy Halloween fix for busy mamas


We embrace the spooky Halloween season! 
 It's fun time for the whole family but it's coming quick and we are not quite ready for the festivities! Here's a few easy hacks and quick links to save the day…

♥ Looking for easy DIY costume ideas for couple? 
We like this Bank Robber idea - 100 more costumes!

Spooky drinks - way to go mama… the kids will love you for this fun idea!

H&M has a selection of Halloween accessories for boys and girls, just enough to spike an outfit! Got myself a cute glittery cat hears headband…

♥ Easiest last minute cookies! With what's in your pantry… from familyfreshmeals.com

♥ No time to carve a pumpkin? This easy balloon decor is a great option to get spooky in da house… Dress up a regular balloon with a sharpie marker, you can also had a glow stick… more ideas here!

Party Camel will get you all sorted with Halloween party supplies! A stylish spooky party range from freaky photo-booths, haunting home and table décor to ghoul worth props and games. Boo!

♥ A last minute costume for yourself? Get inspire by The Day of the Dead make up like this Mexican Sugar Skull. All you need is some make up skill (thanks youtube.com) and some big flowers in your hair… spooky glamour guaranty. pinterest image

Happy Halloween! xx



Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Creative play and Imaginary dress-up - we love !



Luella had a great time flying and buzzing around the park yesterday wearing fancy wings and mask.Those gorgeous play dress-up accessories are designed by Ducth company Noa Poa Enterprises. I loved seeing her imagination fly with her, it's a wonderful way to experiment with creative play.

The wings have stretchy shoulder straps, so it's easy to put them over a t-shirt. They also have finger tabs, for children to slip them on and spread their wings. The soft fabric flows and provide hours of fun… Super easy.

The fantasy mask are one size fits all masks are bright, colorful, beautifully made that make dress up magical. Well crafted and beautifully designed, the fancy accessories take your child to a world of magic with fairy, butterfly, bird, bat or dragon. What not to like!?



Available at 6ambabies.com - lovely fresh and fun online shopping option in the UAE.
Mask retail for AED45 and the wings about AED80.
It's really a wonderful gift for children. We loved it!


Monday, October 26, 2015

Yet another market... to visit... Ripe Design Market



We look forward to this new edition of the Ripe market... This time Ripe Market is collaborating with Dubai Design Week to bring a two day local Design Market to D3 on the 30th and 31st October. Bringing the region’s best local SME Businesses comprising of artists, designers, and culinary delights together to showcase their work as part of the Dubai Design Week Program of events.

Set in the new architectural grounds of D3, the Ripe Design Market will take our love of local talent to the new creative design hub and bring the community together to showcase some of the region’s best talent creating a beautiful atmosphere for alfresco eating, a relaxed day with family and friends, or a shopping spree.

There will be entertainment from local artists, activations, pop up shops, and workshops for children all presented by the makers and designers themselves. From local fashion designers, art, jewellery and interior design there will be something for everyone and if shopping isn’t your thing, you can taste your way around the market from the local retailers sampling their treats to the live cooking stations serving food. The sounds of acoustic music will fill the air and provide a relaxed backdrop for your dining and shopping adventures.

The two day event will take place on Friday 30th October and Saturday 31st October 2015 from 9am – 6pm at Dubai Design District. 

Read more about Dubai Design Week and what not to miss: TASHKEEL’S TOP 5 THINGS TO SEE AND DO DURING DUBAI DESIGN WEEK