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
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