Friday, March 25, 2016

Our last minute Easter Party thanks to Party Camel

Our Easter play date yesterday was great fun. Thanks to Party Camel, our favorite online party supply shop based in Dubai we could set up a cute egg hunt and decorate the garden in no time. The Easter collection includes must have like the "Egg Hunt Kit", "The Great Egg Hunt Easter Bunting", "The Great Egg Hunt Bunny & Chick Treat Bags", "The Great Egg Hunt Easter Cake decor" and more…

Party Camel online party store specializing in stylish on-trend party ware so you are sure to find what you are looking for! Aisha Leitner is the founder and creative face behind Party Camel has an eye for inspiring ideas and stylish set up. Party Camel blog is a great source of inspiring ideas for your next party.

Party Camel
To make party planning even simpler they offer next day UAE delivery on all orders placed before 2pm! TBC. Standard delivery charge for the whole of the UAE is 20 AED including postage and packing (free for orders over 450 AED).

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Fun at Le Petit Palais

Last week, after school play date was at cute indoor playground Le Petit Palais conveniently located in The Galleries Lafayette where you can shop or grab a cup of coffee. It's not our first visit, READ OUR PREVIOUS REVIEW. The miniature french town is a really sweet spot for kids fun. Both my girls ages 7 and 18 months were happily entertained. There is lots to do from a life-size play house, multi-storey soft play jungle gym, art studio, a mini supermarket, a kiddies beauty salon, two party rooms, a karaoke room and lots more.

The venue is clean, bright and interactive. The staff is very involved and provide good supervision. Always impress with the "service" and friendly team.

Le Petit Palais has launched Studio Art, a fun, safe and creative outlet for kids that doesn’t cost parents a small fortune (and they don’t have to clean up afterwards!) . We have not tried yet, but the set up looked great and the staff happily ready to help the little artists. Studio Art allows kids aged five and upwards to dig elbow-deep into a choice of four different art and craft projects: wood crafts or jewellery crafting projects (bracelets, earrings, and necklaces) along with designing their own bag, or simply picking up a brush and pot of paint in the paint studio. Each Studio Art sessions lasts 30 minutes and costs just AED35 per child, with all materials included. No booking necessary. Every Sunday Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

Also happening this month...
Spring Camp (From March 24th onwards)
Little ones aged three to 10 can get involved in Spring-themed arts and crafts, mad science, hip hop dance and groove time, storytelling and of course, lots and lots of fun in the soft play zone and miniature French town for kids!
Spring Camp runs on weekdays, from 10am to 3pm from March 24th to April 10th.
Prices (which includes lunch):
AED600 per week or AED130 per day for members
AED700 per week or AED150 per day for non-members

Easter Party (March 24th)
Grab your baskets for some fun, and join the team on an egg hunt.
Activities at the party include Easter-themed arts and crafts, play time with Mr. Bunny, egg decoration, a carrot toss, bunny hop sack race and lots more!
March 24th, 4pm-7pm. AED100 for members. AED120 for non-members.

Petit Palais, 2nd Level, Galeries Lafayette, Dubai Mall,
04 382 7333 Ext. 2754

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Marina Souq - charming shopping destination - stuff we love

Such a nice morning at Marina Souq today. The charming market located in Umm Suqeim 1 Fishing Harbour is a lovely shopping destination. A must do for Dubai mamas after the school run. A sweet place to grab a coffee and nibbles while browsing some lovely local vendors. I love the idea of supporting local entrepreneurs and at Marina Souk you get to meet the passionate people behind those homegrown businesses. You will love the outdoor location, under the large marquee over-looking the harbour.

The atmosphere is friendly and the shopping experience unique. Here's some of our favourite vendors not to miss...

KeenBag cool selection of tote, clutches, beach & hand bags but also tuniques and home decoration accessories - 100% Created and Made in Dubai. Nice combination of a traditional Arabic style and a French twist. Carinne the lovely designer behind KeenBag knows how to source original ghutrahs and work with regular suppliers and professional tailors to create her lines - Keenbags and KeenHome goods.

Birdsn'Bees sweet, chic and affordable clothes and accessories for your little ones. Lovely selection of French & British designers, well curated pieces from Bonheur du Jour, CdeC, Petite Lucette, Troizenfants. Pop’Up Store selling as well swimwear & beachwear from Sunuva to keep the kids safe with UV protecting fabrics in great designs. Also very popular range of colourful fairy lights. Got some for Luella's bedroom - great and easy add to your home decor...

Twins Dubai simple yet elegant, super easy to wear sandals... large selection of finishes, about 30 different colors and material. I am a havainas girls, tough to get me out of my flip flop but just love the simple design and comfort of the Twins... 

2birds another favourite from Marina Souq. Love the beach vibes from a well selected range of items from around the world. 2birds is Dubai run by two aussie girls. You must check the flowing summer dresses, kaftans and accessories. I am a fan of the colourful cotton turkish towels and rarely carry terry towels to the beach...

Baker & Spice's pop up stand is perfect stop for coffee and treats. Also great selection of breads and pastries. Love the soul food concept with true values: local | organic | fresh | homemade

Marina Souq is happening on Wednesday 20th April, 11th May, 01st June and 15th June. With the success of the mid week event, Marina Souq has launched Family Market on Saturday 26 March, from9am to 3pm. A great idea for family to gather, shop and enjoy family time together... Kids will love it, thanks to some great entertainment from Posh Paws Petting Farm and Kenzy Box arts&Crafts workshop.

From fashion and accessories to home decor and clothes, the 30 independent designers are carefully selected to provide a wide range of quality products, you are sure to find something to tickle your fancy! Check out Jules&Juliette,  Marie Stalla Basics, Mr. Fox, By Berice, Efhi Jewellery, La Plage Dubai, LokaLoka, PLUME, The Linen Souk, shenouk, Pure Candles Dubai, Alma Fenicia and a new favourite by lulla (watch this space for more on the lovely kid clothing line) and many more... Happy Shopping!!!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

CRYO - cool facial and special treat for Moms

This week, I got to experience the CRYO technology. So what's up with the cold blue light and all the hipe I see on Instagram? Cryotherapy is a curative health treatment involving extremely low temperatures (-120 to -160 degrees Celsius), in order to stimulate multiple health, fitness, weight-loss, healing, and beauty benefits. In 1978, Japanese doctor Toshimo Yamaguchi discovered that decreasing the temperature of his patients’ skin reduced the pain they felt during joint manipulation treatments. There are many benefits of CRYOtherapy from athletic recovery to weightless.

The CRYO is also about beauty and wellness, the CRYO Beauty Angel Facial is a favourite. It revive your skin and activate the natural production of hyaluronic acid and collagen with this age-defying treatment, which incorporates innovative Infrared Technology and a CRYO glow facial. The cleansing and nourishing process is enhanced through the active ranges of infrared light that are gently absorbed by the skin, reducing fine lines and leaving your skin visibly smoother and plumper with a restored youthful glow. 

I tried the CRYO Glow Facial. Ten minutes of gentle cryogenically cooled air activates collagen production in the deeper levels of the skin, increasing the skin’s capacity to rejuvenate itself, regain elasticity, appear smoother and bring forth a youthful glow to your face. It was brilliant! The cold is so invigorating, and get your skin feeling tightened and glowing.  I can imagine, being a powerful tool to long time benefits if used regularly.  

CRYO Glow: AED375/1 session or AED1375/pack of 5 sessions
CRYO Beauty Angel facial: AED575/1 session or AED2500/pack of 5 sessions
Check out full price list here.

Mother’s Day is around the corner and CRYO’s got a great offer to celebrate the occasion. With every refreshing CRYO Glow treatment or detoxifying Beauty Angel facial purchased, CRYO will offer a complimentary Glow facial. Valid from March 20th to March 26th (Mother’s Day week) at Dubai Ladies Club, this offer is perfect for a mothers-bonding pampering session! Don't miss out! 

CRYO is now also available in the UAE at Dubai Ladies Club on Jumeirah Beach Road, FitRepublik gym in Sports City, Energy Plus Fitness Club in Al Ain and Abu Dhabi Country Club.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Breakfast at Clinton St Baking and a special treat for Moms

Still thinking about this morning breakfast... Not my usual green smoothie on the go! Today was a very Southern American comfort food kinda morning... Hello Clinton Street Baking Company.  It's definitely a treat! A very yummy treat  that I would not recommend too often. Calorie intake equal disaster! But very much worth it.

I ordered Eggs Benedict with crab cakes and avocado on biscuits. It was well prepared: runny eggs, tasty feelings, smooth sauce and warm crumbly biscuits. My friend managed to resist the temptation and ordered the very lean and healthy Power Plate. Brewed coffee and award winning deliciously fluffy blueberry pancakes to follow.

What you will love about this true New York franchise is the use of mainly locally sourced produce, organic eggs and chickens. Soul food freshly made  in a friendly casual atmosphere. You must check out the bakery section, lots of cakes, pies, muffins and the famous Niel's biscuits.

Now you must know that Clinton Street restaurant and bakery is offering complimentary pancakes with any meal for moms on March 21st, Mother’s Day in the UAE. Perfect breakfast to treat moms on this special day. With flavors including chocolate chunk or blueberry, and availability throughout the whole day, it's a great opportunity to experience quality American comfort food.

Clinton Street Baking Company
Burj Views, Downtown GF01, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
8am to 11pm
Facebook: clintonstreetdubai
Instagram: @clintonstdubai

Friday, March 4, 2016

Fun with Snapper Rock - beach and swimwear We LOVE!

We had such a good time at Kite Beach, Dubai Food Fest - ‘Sassy on the Sand’. The event was organised by Sassy Mama, the online go-to directory for modern mothers, in conjunction with Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM). A host of fun, fashion, fitness and art activities took over the whole grass and sand area in and around the Etisalat Beach Canteen.

Luella, Josefin and I took part in the a short fashion walk wearing beachwear from Beach Hut. The children wore the UV 50 sun protection swimwear from SnapperRock while the mothers modelled Maarli clothing and wore Wild Wood sunglasses.

I am a total fan of SnapperRock, the line is really gorgeous, easy to wear and a perfect way to keep the children safe from the sun. You must have look. Sarah Twort, Founder of Beach Hut said: “SnapperRock is a new brand here in Dubai and educating mothers about keeping the children safe from harmful sunrays while making it an entertainment was a success. We are delighted to be part of the Beach Canteen.”

Etisalat Beach Canteen on Kite Beach is your festival hub for a huge array of dining and entertainment events. Thursday, 25th February - Saturday, 12th March 2016
Get out of the house and head down to the beach for some family fun.
Happy Weekend.