Thursday, December 15, 2016

Top Chef Cooking Studio - Winter Camp


After our fun afternoon painting, cooking , baking and getting into the Christmas spirit at Top Chef Cooking Studio, I would recommend their Winter Camp for kids. Running from Sunday 18th to Thursday 22nd of December, from 9am to 1pm, these half day classes will cover basic cooking skills under the guidance of Top Chef's professional team. Children get to eat what they have prepared afterwards and will bring home maybe a little treat for you to taste. When Culinary Art meets Fine Arts with the aim to develop and enhance their artistic capabilities, creative talents and potential. Each day, they will have 1hour of special activity related to food. Sounds all very fun to me!

For more details and pricing contact Top Chef Cooking Studio.
043855781
booking@topchefdubai.com

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Fun Giant Playhouse - cool gift idea


This is a great gift idea for the kids. Are you still looking what to get the little one for Christmas? This giant playhouse is a fun and safe place for your kids to play and learn.

Luella and papa had a great time putting the house together. It was not too painful despite the many pieces, apparently the foam bits easily joined together for a simple construction! It all worked well, following the instructions. Josefin made a mess while tagging along to the engineering fun. About 45 minutes later, the play house was up. Ready for Josefin to move in with her toys and snacks... happy little one!

This awesome playhouse has already provided hours of fun playtime. It's sturdy yet light and can be moved along (or put away). The EVA foam cubby house with chimney measures 79cm square, 1.25m tall, perfect for toddlers and pre-schooler.
Retail price: AED300.00
Available at Mumzworld.com

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Holiday Season is on and we love it!

There is something special about the Holiday seasons specially living in Dubai as an expat family in a multicultural environment. My husband has memories of Dubai since his toddler years and me since my teenager years, Dubai is our home away from home. We cherish this time of the year for what it is, a collections of traditions from our home country and memories from our childhood. Now as parents we know the importance of installing roots and creating family moments. I think our family opted for a colorful mixture of traditions from Sweden, France with also a touch America and a dash of Arabian nights. I think, it's important to know what "the holidays" means to you, and find creative ways to incorporate that in to your life abroad.



I wanted to create a fun Holiday photoshoot and ask my mama-entrepreneur friends how they celebrate Christmas in Dubai. Get into the Holiday spirits. It's also the occasion to get inspired by their suggestions from gifts for kids, home decor ideas and cool Holiday looks to wear during the festive seasons.

How cute is this Light Boxes and Letter Banner from A Little Lovely Company to set up the festive mood.

Olivia and Magali from adorable concept store for contemporary and well designed children furniture and play Caramel and Sun tell us about their Winter Holidays in Dubai.

Magali, what do you love about Xmas in Dubai?
Xmas in Dubai is exactly the opposite of what I have experienced as a child. But I love it as much. Here I feel the atmosphere is calm, relax. Many people have left the country to visit their family, and it is like for 1 week, the buz of the city calms down. You see your closest friends, gather the kids, go to the beach. Simple things!

How will you celebrate Xmas this year?
This year my parents are coming over from France. We will prepare our usual Chestnut Turkey and play Christmas songs. On the 24th evening, with the kids we will stair at the window, hoping to see the reindeers up in the sky! Kids will wake us up as early as possible on the 25th to open their presents and if we can get them out of the house (which may be difficult as they will be so busy playing with their new toys), we will most probably have a picnic at the beach with friends.

And you Olivia?
We will be celebrating Christmas Eve at the house with my husband and the girls. On the 25th in the morning, I believe Santa may have done a good job over the night so we will be finding out what he has bought us and then we will go over some friends to enjoy a nice BBQ. In Dubai, friends become your family ! We will play games and most probably end up in the pool or at the beach !

Any traditions you have started while living in Dubai?
Our Christmas in Dubai always finished at the beach! It's becoming our tradition on the 25th...

I absolutely love what they do with Caramel and Sun, and I find their spirit of entrepreneur and super mama to be inspiring. Browsing the boutique is always a sweet treat... Here's some of Olivia and Magali's favourite gifts ideas from Caramel and Sun. #DSBrecommends

Christmas Large Poster from OMY 
It’s never too early for Christmas! Prepare the holidays as a family while coloring our giant coloring Christmas tree from the brand OMY…. With connect the dots, color by numbers and glow-in-the-dark stickers, see if you can finish by Christmas Eve! A perfect holiday decoration to hang on the wall. SRSP – 90 aed

Christmas Placemats from OMY Make a lovely table and wait for Santa using our Christmas paper placemats from the brand OMY. All the family gathers around games, surprises and coloring of all children favorite theme.
SRSP – 115 aed

Storage bags from Play and Go
And how about using our Play & Go bags to store all the toys and gifts Santa has offered to your little one this year? The Play & Go bag is a simple and effective solution to toy storage, and it’s lots of fun. A 2 in one toy storage bag that doubles as a play mat. Even Lego storage is simple, and dolls, cars, balls and blocks can all be swiftly cleared away with one swing.
SRSP – 200 aed 


Light Boxes from A Little Lovely Company
If you want to even personalize your Christmas this year, go for our Trendy 'must have' A4 or A5 lightbox with three or two rows for all your quotes and messages! Original deco not only for the Livingroom and kids room but also for parties, births and weddings. Make up your quote or message and slide the letters on… over and over again!
SRSP – between 150 aed to 250 aed - 

Ride on metal car from Vilac The cool race cars, will make your children real racing drivers! Self-assembly, this is the perfect Christmas gift for kids from 18 month.
SRSP – 685 aed


Beige Indian Tipi from Vilac
Your kids will love playing with our Indian Tipi from the famous qualitative French brand. With its wood that does not break but simply wears down with time, it’s the perfect gift for all the family.
SRSP – 640 aed

The one and only letter banner from A Little Lovely Company
This banner is great for birthdays, announcements, and declarations of love or just to add a personal touch to your home, office or kids room. The letters are reusable so you can change your message as often as you like! This package contains: 138 cardboard letters, numbers and symbols and metal clips. Banners are available in 3 colors: Black, Pastel and White.
SRSP – 85 aed









Festive looks from Kidette Boutique
I had so much fun working with those lovely ladies and their adorable kids during our Winter Holidays photoshoot. For the children, I wanted to incorporate the world of Kidette Boutique, a beautiful multi-brand concept boutique for children. Kidette offers a large selection of brands from all over the world. I love the well curated clothing selection, things you won't find anywhere else in Dubai. The price range is also well set up, you are guarantee to find something special but affordable for your little ones. I picked festive looks in a non conventional way, lots of frilly tutus from Dolly, American Outfitters glitter sweatshirts, pretty dress with beaded details from Dorian HO while keeping comfort and practicality in mind. The world of Kidette is located in The Mall Jumeirah. The beautiful clothes, well design lush boutique and lovely customer service will impress you.


Festive fun for your Home Decor
When it comes to styling your house specially during the winter seasons, everyone want to get into the Holidays spirits and add some fabulous festive cheers to the house. If you are looking for creative fun glam (with budget in mind) for your home this Christmas, get inspired by Emilie from Stella and the Stars. Here's some tips and tricks from the very talented stylist and blogger. We love her energy and bold statement taste, because life is fun and should be fabulous.

Emilie, what do you love about Xmas as an expat? 
I am a newbie so I have no idea what to expect but as with anything new, I am actually massively excited. It's a new adventure, a new experience, we're going to embrace it all!

How will you celebrate Xmas this year? 
We are spending it with friends this year which we've never done before so really looking forward to a different vibe this year. We have booked a full Christmas day lunch in a fabulous hotel and have been invited to spend Boxing Day at friends with the kids.

Any traditions you have?
We celebrate it British style which is hard for me as in France most of the fun all happens on Christmas eve! Big dinner, presents etc we all do it on the 24th back home. I have learned to adapt and be patient until Christmas day which is not easy! ;-) my daughter Stella only just started to understand the concept last year, so we played the game by leaving cookies and milk for father christmas and carrots for Rudolph the night before. She was mesmerized it had all disappeared when she woke up. This year, she wrote her first letter to Father Christmas and we've also facetimed him so he could ask her what she wanted (yes there is an app that allows you to do that! bonkers)

How do you feel about your first Xmas in Dubai? 
Do you know what I am really really looking forward to? Spending Christmas day in summer clothes - pretty sandals and with no jumper! This will be my first Christmas holiday in Dubai (after 12 years in London) and there is something about being festive on the beach on Christmas day, right? I just can't wait. Am sure in a few years I'll miss being all snuggled by the chimney while it's cold and snowy outside for as a newbie expat, for now, I am really looking forward to spending it here, in the heat.



How will you decorate?
I know it sounds mad but I always, always leave it till the last minute! I plan for ages, research colour schemes for weeks, and end up decorating the tree the week before Christmas. I usually steer clear of anything traditional or red and green, because, life's too short to be boring and doing it like everybody else, and I usually go for a colourful scheme: pops of neon, gold, glitter, the more over the top the better. I am known for having sparkly unicorn christmas decs and back in London we had a pink Christmas tree... I'll let you imagine the vibe...

Please share 3 or 4 easy tips and ticks to decorate the house.
Having a toddler in the house has had an impact on how much I decorate and how I decorate the house at Christmas because things can potentially get ugly before the festivities even start (I can't think of anything more annoying than clearing broken baubles from the floor). I usually don't decorate the bottom of the tree to avoid any little hands stealing any of the decorations. And I try to use the ceiling to hang nice decorations like pompoms, and garlands - again nothing the littel people can reach and potentially destroy. Light is crucial and you really can't have too many fairy lights so I'd say stock on those for the perfect ambiance.And a wreath on the door is a must in my opinion. It just sets the tone the minute to get home. And don't forget about frangrances. Scented candles are a good way to make your home feel christmassy. Most candle brands will have a festive scent collection.

How to bring Xmas into the house on a budget? 
There is no need to spend a fortune to decorate your home for Christmas. There are plenty of fabulous options in the party decorations sections of department stores for example, like paper hanging decorations. If you don't want to spend a fortune on baubles, think of alternative ways to decorate your tree like little bows made of ribbon for example. If you can't justify spending several hundreds of dirhams on a tree, a good option is to by a wooden stand that you can use as a tree.



In the process, I had a opportunity to work with a lovely photographer, Racha Hallak. She has the patience and the kind spirit to work with children and a great eye for family photography. Thank you ladies! Getting together, working on a common vision together was the best part of this little adventure. Happy Holidays!



Photography credits: Racha / www.rachahallak.photography

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Retro Fun Fair at JBR The Beach


The Fun Fair at JBR The Beach
Easy afternoon playdate with ice cream treats or family weekend fun with the kids.
We check out the retro fun fair, the children loved the rides, arcade games and game stalls.
Favourite was 'Bumper Cars' and 'Pony Express'.

Totally out of our hood, we enjoyed coming down to that side of town for a 
fun morning with friends, amazing weather and good coffee.

10am until midnight

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Red Carpet Facial from Dr Rita Rakus



Last week, I gave my skin a treat! Absolutely loved it and need to tell you more about it.

After a media invite last month for the launch of ‘Doctor to the stars’, Dr. Rita Rakus exclusive non-invasive treatments at the award-winning Willow Stream Spa, Fairmont the Palm. I have been very keen to try out her latest non-invasive technologies, using only the highest quality products, and guaranteed to deliver natural and lasting results. Headlining the treatments at Willow Stream Spa is the BTL Exilis, a state-of-the-art radio frequency based system for skin tightening, body contouring and cellulite treatment and the VISIA skin analysis system and the popular HydraFacial.

My consultation started at 9.30am with the Visia skin analysis, a state-of-the-art facial scanner to assess an individual’s skin, identifying a wide range of issues from sub surface to age factors, thus allowing therapists to recommend a highly personalized and comprehensive skin rejuvenation programme. It was amazing for me to understand my skin condition, damages and what we can do about it. I was surprise to learn that my UV damage was very low for someone of my age living in Dubai for over a decade. Guess the SPF 50 does help! I was not taken back by the fine lines, large pores and pigmentation issues, we all know our flows. I would definitely recommend this facial assessment to understand your skin complexion health and appearance (wrinkles, spots, pores, texture porphyrins and UV spots) to outline a recommended treatment.



About 30 minutes later, the therapist was ready to start my treatment the 90 minutes Red Carpet Facial, which is the ultimate procedure. It incorporate all the benefit of the HydraFacial system and is then supplemented with award winning Exilis radio-frequency treatment. I understood the performance of the HydraFacial system, it simultaneously combines cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, hydration and antioxidant protection. The result is a clearer, better looking skin with no discomfort or downtime. I did notice an improvement with the appearance of my fine lines, congested and enlarged pores. I believe more sessions will improve hyperpigmentation and brown spots as well.

The second part of my Red Carpet Facial was The Exilis radio frequency and ultrasound therapy. It provides fast and effective skin tightening. Its a revolutionary non invasive procedure for wrinkles reductions and skin tightening. The therapist used locally and precisely controlled heat to achieve the result, my area of concern was around the eyes and forehead. I would need to consider a package of sessions to see the full results but my first experience was pretty convincing.

The treatment was completed with the application of award-winning Booster Serum from Dr. Levy Switzerland. I have been using Dr Levy serum for 5 weeks now and truly, see improvement in the texture and appearance of my skin.

Dubai our Sandbox recommends... YES!
- Lovely facilities. Award winning Willow Stream Spa which was recently named as Resort Spa of the Year, Middle East & Africa at the World Spa & Wellness Awards 2016 in London.
- With more than 25 years’ experience in London, Dr Rita Rakus, has become a market leader in the non-surgical aesthetic field, won numerous awards and travelled extensively on an international basis and set standards for practicing doctors.
- Loved the knowledge and understanding I acquire with the VISIA skin analysis system
- I saw immediate results (skin glowing and lifted) from the Red Carpet Facial, perfect for special events. Festive seasons is upon us... 
- Trust that more sessions of Exilis would benefit my skin condition, reducing fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation.

VISIA skin analysis 30minutes / AED250
Black Diamond HydraFacial 45 minutes / AED 980
Red Carpet Facial 90minutes / AED1900
more details

For more information
 +971 4 457 35 4546
palm.willowstream@fairmont.com
www.fairmont.com/palm-dubai/willow-stream




Sunday, November 13, 2016

Celebrate with Magnolia Bakery : Birthday Party




Magnolia Bakery is a family favorite and it's no exception to our family. Luella and I love the sweet and retro little bakery, for special treat. The quirky and retro Magnolia Bakery is a delight for afternoon treats and special occasions. Recently, Luella and I enjoyed a little selection of Magnolia cupcakes and got all excited about the beautiful cakes on display. We got thinking about celebration and family birthday coming up. Did you know that Magnolia Bakery is a great option for celebration? The beautiful american classic cakes freshling baked on premised using the finest ingredients are a sure hit with all children and grown up guests!





From cookies, brownies, blondies, cupcakes, red velvet cakes, coconut macaroons, cheesecake and more delicious sweet treats check out magnoliabakery.com menu and start planning your next event. The Magnolia team will be there to help you choose from a wide selection of freshly baked desserts, including beautiful tiered cakes, dessert table and custom cupcakes that best match the theme of your event and budget. For more information call 97142767034 or email magnoliabakerythebeach@altayer.com.

Happy celebration!
For inspiration follow MagnoliaBakery and  MagnoliaBakeryUAE on instagram



Saturday, November 12, 2016

Ronda Locatelli - great Italian family brunch




Today's family brunch at Ronda Locatelli was lovely - perfectly set up on a Mediterranean terrace among palm trees and luscious olives trees. Italian restaurant of acclaimed Michelin starred Giorgio Locatelli. We loved the many delicious classic Italian dishes who kept coming to our table. Rustic Italian cuisine, this Saturday Brunch, All’Italiana is a perfect family affair with a relaxed but elegant atmosphere. A great way to get family and friends together.

The girls loved making their own pizza with the pizza chef by the wood oven, but also were kept busy while painting little masterpieces with other little artists in the making.



Great weekend vibes we recommend!
Dhs195 per person including soft drinks, Dhs295 per person including house beverages
Children below the age of 11 dine for free

Ronda Locatelli
The Avenues, Atlantis The Palm.


Sharing my experience and reviews on Mumzworld.com / the Mumz Panel



I have been a mama for nearly 8 years and a blogger for 5, we have as a family tried, tested and experienced many products and services. That's why I am so happy and excited to be working with Mumzworld.com and be part of the MUMZ PANEL to help mums shop for the best products for their kids. If you are looking for recommendations and suggestions from prams, car seats,  educational toys and all kind of children gears, this panel of Dubai mums is for you!

So thats our news! Check out my edit of some products I really like and why. I will be adding new reviews weekly and sincerely hope to make your shopping experience easier. See you on mumzworld.com/en/mumz-panel, the #1 Mother, Baby and Child online retail in the Middle East. It's probably the most convenient and most cost effective manner of shopping!


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Celebrate with Magnolia Bakery - Baby Shower

Magnolia Bakery has been a favorite treat for years, from my time studying and working in NYC to now as a mama of two little girls with a sweet tooth. In 2010, when this beloved New York landmark opened up in Bloomingdale's Home-Dubai, The Dubai Mall, it was a great addition to the Dubai scene and a delicious news for us.



There is something special about the charming and quaint dessert boutique, often credited with starting the cupcake craze more then a decade ago. We love the sweet and retro interior of Magnolia Bakery as much as the delicious baked goods. Last week, we had a quick stop over at The Dubai Mall Magnolia Bakery for a signature pastel-colored buttercream-frosted cupcake we love the adorable interior and retro inspired experience.

Did you know that Magnolia Bakery is a great option when planing family event and special celebration? Looking to host a Baby Shower? Magnolia will help you celebrate your sweet moment with customized cakes. Check out this inspiration board for your next baby celebration.







From cookies, brownies, blondies, cupcakes, red velvet cakes, coconut macaroons, cheesecake and more delicious sweet treats check out magnoliabakery.com menu and start planning your next event. The Magnolia team will be there to help you choose from a wide selection of freshly baked desserts, including beautiful tiered cakes, dessert table and custom cupcakes that best match the theme of your event and budget. For more information call 97142767034 or email magnoliabakerythebeach@altayer.com.

Happy celebration!
For inspiration follow MagnoliaBakery and  MagnoliaBakeryUAE on instagram



Sunday, October 30, 2016

Fun with Koita Organic Milk and Kris Fade

Did you catch us last Saturday at Carrefour Mall of the Emirates? Or on Instagram Stories? We had a great morning supporting a Dubai family business we truly like - Koita Organic Milk. The morning was a great success thanks to Dubai favourite radio man Kris Fade! We all had fun playing games, talking organic and sharing lots of chocolate milk. It was the biggest organic sampling event in the country, a celebration for the launch of Koita Organic Milk in Carrefour!








That's us with our friends from Seashells on the Palm, the lovely Koita family behind the brand, and Kris Fade with his family entertaining the crowd. Good time!



Koita Organic milk is now available in most supermarkets like Carrefour but also online. Like us, get the best for your family, drink clean milk with no toxic pesticides, no artificial hormones and no antibiotics. Tasty and yummy guarantee!

Eat good, feel good do good!


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Surf's up at the Billabong Sunset Beach Day



We had a fun afternoon last weekend with Iconic Australian beach lifestyle brand, Billabong. The event took place at our favourite beach spot for yummy burger SALT. Held on Kite Beach, the two brands who share the same passion for the sun, surf, and sand, came together for an afternoon of maximum chilled out vibes. Girls and I enjoyed pink lemonade and sliders watching the sun going down with happy chilled tunes in the background from cool local bands.



Billabong’s newest Autumn/Winter’16 collections for men’s and women’s was on display along some fun props like Billabong Airstream trailer and giant inflatable GoFloats flamingos and swans - Josefin favourite! Here's a sneak peek of our lovely afternoon. 






 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

SaucetteXPowerpuffGirls - love the collection

Luella and I played wannabe fashionista last Saturday, we peeked into the world of Fashion Forward Dubai. On the occasion, we got front row view to Saucette, s*uce’s multibrand concept boutique for kids fashion show. Such a fun event! The collection is a fantastic collaboration with Cartoon Network’s hit series The Powerpuff Girls. The Emmy nominated animated series is about three little girls with super powers who fight evil to save the world. Following the success of the Powerpuff Girls’ collaboration with Moschino, Saucette has been chosen as the first in the region to partner with Cartoon Network.












Saucette creative director, and head buyer Zayan Ghandour, has designed a 22 piece collection for girls aged 4-12, as well as a series of mommy-and me styles. The collection is fun and fresh. A contemporary take on the super heroines, featuring cross stitch embroidery on sheer white organza, cold shoulder details, delicate hems and soft ruffles.

Was great to see some of Dubai lovely super mamas modelling the collection like Nina Ali from @Lipstickmommy, Amira Ashour from @streetstyledubai,  Jumana Al Darkish from @TheHappyBox and many lovely guests enjoying the fun after party. Here's our sneak peek.



Saturday, October 22, 2016

Tips, tricks and ideas for a last minute Halloween party - let's do it mama!

Last week, I met with the Queen of all things party, the lovely Aisha. Managing director, super mama and party expert behind Party Camel - online party store, specializing in stylish, on-trend party ware. It was great to visit the studio, have a peek at all the beautiful carefully curated products available online. Got so inspired for our next celebration.

With Halloween coming up next weekend, I had to ask Aisha her tips, ideas and parent hacks for easy last minute Halloween celebration. If like me you are not the so crafty mama but wanna impress the kids with a cool Halloween party, here's a few easy and impactful pointers to get the ball rolling! Let's celebrate. 




Are you getting dressed up for Halloween? And your children?
If yes what's your costume this year? And your children?

Yes we love to dress up and get into the groove of Halloween. Over the years we have collected some awesome costumes and have a whole box of things to choose from. Everything ranging from bat wings, masks, glow in the dark skeleton outfits to cute witch and many more. We will probably decide which outfit to go for on the afternoon of Halloween, ready for partying and trick or treating in the neighbourhood.

Are you a DIY kind of mama or let's get the costume from the party shop?
When the kids were younger I would love to craft them little costumes but as I've gotten busier, and they've gotten older and their tastes more sophisticated, I tend to now a days buy online. I usually pick afew cute outfits online well ahead of time and ship in.

Could you recommend an easy last minute "homemade" costume for the little ones?
I think you can keep it very easy with choosing block colours as the main outfit, black and white usually works wonders and then add afew accessories. Like these cat ears and tail, easy peasy and super cute!



Party Camel has loads of gorgeous Halloween decorations, whats your favourite?
What's your must have for cool Halloween set up to impress the kids in no time?

I LOVE our bat balloons, they come in a pack of 3 and super sized, guaranteed to add an instant wow. They are very reasonable priced and come with a beautiful neon orange cord and tube for inflation. You really cannot go wrong with these. I also love our skull paper plates and ghost and cat napkins. As well as the black marble balloons and black striped candy bags. You only need afew key items to host a party at home. 




No time in the kitchen but still looking for some cute and easy treats for the kids, what would you recommend? Here's a yummy ideas halloween marshmallow pops. You can also order form our online shop home made cookies from The Lime Tree Cafe, Dress up your sweets and treats in our Coffin Food Tray or why not have pre-packed treat bags ready for trick or treaters. Another easy one, decorate finger food with our spooky Skeleton Crew Canape Sticks.



Any suggestions to get the kids involved? Some fun crafty options little ones can actually do?
Bake some cupcakes with our cupcake kit. Hang lots of bats from the walls and ceiling. Getting the kids invloved with decorating really gets everyone in the mood. 

What kind of fun activity would you set for kids to get into the Halloween mood?
Trick or treating is the best! And fun pictures with our Photo Booth.

Where will you celebrate Halloween this year?
In our neighbourhood, the whole place comes alive on the 31st of October. People do go all out and decorate their houses and invite friends over for a little pre-party in the afternoon and as soon as it gets dark, all the kids followed by the adults go off trick or treating.

Do you have a favourite family movie for Halloween?
Not yet but this is a great idea! My kids dont do scary too well ;) but maybe time to find something they will enjoy...

Thanks Aisha for your answers!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Halloween Movie Night: Our 15 Favourite Family Movies

One of our family tradition is "Pizza & Movie" on Thursday night. We start around 6pm with the girls and make the most of our family evening at home together. It's tradition we got into over a year ago and it's a great way to start the weekend. We all have our little treats like popcorn and candy or well deserve glass (or two) of wine for mama and papa.

The whole family love pizza!!!! We have tried loads of different pizza delivery. Last week we gave a go to FreedomPizza, a healthier and honest pizza option. Multigrain crust, all natural herb-infused sauce, all-natural cheese, hormone free chicken and organic produce in mind: it's food is designed to be better for you.


When Halloween season comes our Thursday night get little spooky as we like to pick movies with the holiday theme in mind. Great way to scare up some excitement with these kid-friendly Halloween movies. Whether they’re scary, funny, or just a bit nostalgic, these flicks are sure to get you in the spirit this Halloween… Here's some of our favourite with some different age rank, to your discretion as every child is different and only you has a parents will know if its appropriate to your child.

1. Hocus Pocus - age 11 and up
2. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial - age 7 and up
3. The Book of Life - age 7 and up
4. Casper - age 5 and up
5. A Monster in Paris - age 6 and up
6. Beetlejuice - age 12 and up
7. Nightmare Before Christmas - age 7 and up
8. Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie - age 5 and up
9. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown - age 4 and up
10. Harry Potter  (the first movie) - age 8 and up
11. The Addams Family - age 13 and up
12. Hotel Transylvania - age 6 and up
13. ParaNorman - age 10 and up
14. Coraline -  age 9 and up
15. Ghostbusters - age 11 and up

To complete your pizza order during Halloween week, add a set of 6 cookies to decorate. AED 45. It's fun and kids will love it. Happy Halloween!



Tuesday, October 11, 2016

NOOK Concept - Love it! Gift ideas sorted!


Great find! Love this cute boutique in our side of town. Located in old school and quirky The Beach Centre on Beach Road, Jumeirah 1- it's a gem!!! Lovely concept store specializing in the retail of home accessories along with children home accessories from around the world. NOOK Concept is a new favourite. Perfect for gift ideas and cool home accessories well priced. Refreshing! Also, a small flower bar with seasonal bloom with a different edge.

NOOK, definitions from " 1/ interior angle formed by two meeting walls. 2/ A corner offering seclusion and serenity. 3/ A special place which nourishes dreams, imagination. " Yes, it's all that wrapped up in cosy and elegant aesthetic. Best find this week!

NOOK Concept
Jumeirah 1, The Beach Center
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
04 265 4666
11:00AM - 9:00PM

Sunday, October 9, 2016

The STOKKE Steps - we love it!



Came home from our summer holidays to find our Stokke® Steps™ Chair waiting for us! We were excited to open up the box and experience the STOKKE Design and functionality. A lovely upgrade from our good old ikea. The Stokke Steps Chair is also from Scandinavian origin and is a total stud, beautifully designed with real functionality in mind from newborn, toddler, pre-schooler to pre-teens.

It's a transformable children’s highchair which grow your child. It’s a stylish design but is worth the hype and the price? Here’s our review and why we love it.



The big picture
A new contenders in the convertible high chair, the Stokke Steps system, which takes you from those early baby bouncer days right through proper table eating. That’s some good usage! It’s a scandivanian design, so you get a stylish, high quality piece who fit nicely in your home decor. I think it’s an upgrade in aesthetics and function from the already famous STOKKE Tripp Trapp.

Packaging & Assembly
Flat packed, the chair arrived with easy instruction to put together. Easy and straightforward, you just need the Allen key provided. I am not an expert and usually struggle with putting things together, this time, it took about 15 minutes and no headache (after a minor dumb moment and some distraction from little Jo).

Design & Aesthetics
My hubby is Swedish with a product design degree, so minimalist wooden design is kinda the look we would go for. Love that the chair is not bulky with loads of plastics elements. It’s a good looking piece of furniture. Modern, easy to clean and fit nicely at the diner table. One another plus note, the Stoke Steps Chair received the most desired and highly ranked international prize for design - The Best of the best Red Dot award in 2015.



Function and usage
The Stokke Steps can be used from new born age if you add the The Bouncer, which I think is a great feature. Josefin is 2 years old, so we went straight to the toddler stage and will probably be using it until about she’s 9 years old, i would guess. The transformable feature makes it great all in one product.

We should be using the high chair with the toddler seat - help of a harness, tray and seat-back. Our Little Jo is feeling like a big girl and actually enjoy the independence of climbing up and down at her own risk. I have seen the toddler pack and it looks comfortable and very much recommended for a toddler. The back is adjustable and you can add padding. I like that there is a tray option or can be used directly to table level.



Even though we should be using the toddler seat, we are already on the ‘grown up seat’ version , where the little one can hop on and off by herself. It has been great because my older daughter Luella who is 7 gets to also use it now and then. They both love it! We are already facing the sharing issue, but ultimately it is Josefin high chair.

The plastic parts are easy to clean, no fuss, no little corner to reach. It wipes down easily. It looks and feel durable, just like STOKKE promise.

Little boos…
The seat will not move up or down.
No harness option when you remove the toddle seat.
Pricy but would say worth the investment if you are looking for quality, design and long life function.

Totally recommend the STOKKE STEPS. The cost will be justified in the long run from new born to pre teen and from child to the next…
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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Self-Awareness: Enhance Your Child’s Self-Esteem



As a mama of two girls, I often think about the importance of raising our children with a healthy-self esteem, even just the idea of feeling good about themselves. Growing up as preschooler up to my teenager years, I was quite confident and outgoing. My parents always encouraged me, made me feel valued taking pride in my abilities and accomplishments. But as a teenager like most children I got less confidence and more self-critical. I understand that it’s part of growing up and reaching new milestone in life. But today, as a parent, I also realize that we can be pro active and help our children. We can enhance a sense of healthy self-esteem and self-acceptance to prepare them for everyday challenges.

Here's some interesting pointers from Dr. Candice Render, Educational Psychologist at the American Center for Psychiatry and Neurology. I believe awareness and knowledge is prevention, so I am happy to share this feature with you.
                                                               
Cultivating a healthy self-esteem for your child is key to a lifetime of well-being and happiness. Children with high self-esteem value themselves and have a more realistic understanding of their strengths and weaknesses, while children with an unhealthy self-esteem, often have a hard time fitting in and don’t always have control of their emotions.

Research shows that more and more teenagers are suffering from low self-esteem, this is more prevalent in girls than boys. Statistics suggest that up to 70% of girls in Western countries suffer from low self-esteem especially when it comes to their body image. Girls as young as 10 years old are afraid of being over-weight and often compare themselves to their peers. On the other hand, the number one cause of low self-esteem with boys, is obesity.

Reasons for Low Self -Esteem
When parents are not responsive to the needs of their child, he or she can grow up without any attachment to their parents. Therefore, early nurturing is vital and helps set a child up and make him or her feel good about themselves. Moreover, if a parent is suffering from low self-esteem it tends to affect the child; a parent should never speak negatively or talk down about themselves in front of a child as this causes the child to feel that they too need to change something about themselves in order to be happy.

Way to Boost Self -Esteem
Quality time
Spend quality time with your kids. Regardless of their age, do an activity together where you give full attention to them; this will make them feel important and hence improve their self-worth.

Positive Image
Always reflect a positive image of your child. Your opinion of them counts, and they always want to please you. Thus, make sure you are giving them positive reflections.

Give Responsibility
When a child see’s that you trust them to do something, they begin to feel they are an important part of the family. For example, when a teen is helping with the dishes, he/she gets a sense of accomplishment when the job is finished.

Being Part of a Team
Children that are involved in sports or other team activities are less likely to experience low self-esteem because being part of a team gives the child a sense of belonging. It also helps them work together with others towards a common goal. Always encourage your child to express their feelings instead of hiding them. Make sure that your home is a safe zone where a child can say whatever they feel without fear of judgement.

Fabyland: new indoor attraction park for the whole family



NEW INDOOR FUN for kids! The beautiful Dubai season is upon us and we are all ready to hit the beach and the parks but this newly open indoor attraction park will make many children happy, keeping you with many fun options.

We have tried and tested last week, Fabyland in Dubai Festival City. KSA’s largest ‘Family Entertainment Destination Makers’ brings exciting indoor entertainment facility to Dubai and it's a hit! Kids loved it! From 2 years to 8 years old, everyone had a blast. I can imagine teenagers will enjoy it just as much while parents won't mind the thrill of a couple of rides. It's great, Fabyland caters for all age groups, exactly what Dubai families need.

FabyLand offers ‘Futuristic’ fun for all the family with an array of amusement rides, attractions and games to play on with friends and family. Offering the latest technology across 75,000 sq ft, the entertainment centre has 15 major rides, a MyTown area for kids to play and learn and more than 100 game machines.



FabyLand features a variety of attractions for the children which include BOUNCE N SPIN, JUMPING STAR, HAPPY SWING RIDE and a state of the art Climbing walls and family oriented attractions like BUMPER CARS and FAMILY SWING which engages not only children but also brings parents in on the fun-filled action. View here.

Some of the extreme rides include AIR RACER, MINI DISCOVERY, TOP DANCER, SUPER JUMPER and DROP N TWIST TOWER. For the teenagers, an arcade lined up with the latest video games, redemption games and novelty games further enhances the experience. An attraction like XD THEATER also assures everyone plenty of thrilling entertainment. FabyLand will also feature the Dubai exclusive DISCO ride which will whirl and twirl guests to new heights. 

Open daily from 10:00AM - 10:00PM
Located in Festival City mall next to ToysRus