Monday, August 21, 2017

Getting Back to School ready with Mumzworld

We are 6 weeks into summer holidays and we are starting to think about Back to School season. Did you read my post "Tips On Getting Your Child ‘Big School’ Ready This Summer" ? Now we gonna enjoy the last 2 weeks off but also getting ourself ready with some online shopping. Getting the girls sorted with lunch box, bags and water bottles. Also picked up some easy write on label pack.

Here's what we picked to get school ready from

Yumbox, lunch box with 4 Compartments
A bento-style, kid-friendly, leakproof food container designed to make health lunch packing a breeze!

CamelBak water bottles
Favourite water bottle features a spill-resistant design and fun graphics to keep you and your kids happy. 100% free of BPA, BPS and BPF. Most reliable! Two size .4L and .4L

Happy Jackson Yummy Snacks Lunch Bag
Insulated lunchbox has a zip closure to secure contents and a bright yellow handle for little hands to carry with ease. Cute design. Love this adorable brand.

SkipHop Zoo Food Jar, Butterfly
stainless steel container keeps kid-sized portions warm or cold. Store the spork, or most utensils, in the handy built-in holder so your little one is ready for meals on-the-go.
keeps food warm for 7 hours or cold for 5 hours

Stuck on You Name Labels
Each pack of Stick on Name Labels includes 30 stick on name labels (60x16mm.). They are microwave and dishwasher safe making them an ideal label for school books, lunch boxes, drink bottles and more. It's as simple as write, laminate, peel and label.

Koita Organic Whole Fat Milk 200ml mini tetra pack
Our favourite Organic Milk in Dubai
It's yummy and has no typical UHT aftertaste!
No synthetic hormones, No antibiotics, No artificial pesticides, Naturally gluten-free
Organic certified and with added vitamins A & D3

Don't forget to use "DubaiourSandbox10" promo code to get 10% off on all your Mumzworld order.
Happy shopping! And enjoy the rest of the summer.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Tips On Getting Your Child ‘Big School’ Ready This Summer

About 5 weeks into the summer holidays, I am starting to think about Back to School season. Just a thought… we still have about 3 weeks off. Girls are totally out of the routine and bed time schedule. We are all too busy making summer memories. Need to say I am gonna have to get back on track sometime soon! This year is a little special with Josefin starting the “Big School” in September. It’s a big change from nursery to primary, specially as she will just be turning 3 at the start of school. She will be one of the youngest in her class.

Sumer is about exploring, building confidence and creating memories.

As a parent whose child is starting school, there are many ways to help your child to have a happy and satisfying beginning to the great adventure of their school years. Sharing with you some easy tips from Monica Valrani, CEO of Ladybird Nursery to help our little ones ensure they have a smooth transition in September.

Tips On Getting Your Child ‘Big School’ Ready This Summer

 The transition to ‘Big School’ can be daunting not only for children, but for parents too. As children transition from nursery into primary school, there will surely be some excitement, but also a little fear. Going from a relatively small nursery into a large primary, or even larger combined primary and secondary can be a shock to the system. Monica Valrani, has put together her top tips on how to get ‘Big School’ ready over the summer.

“This time of the year is very bittersweet for us at the nursery as it is always difficult to say goodbye to our children who we have nurtured over the years. We have seen them get ready to spread their wings and move on to Big School. Having gone through the transition with my own children, I understand how daunting it can be for both the parents and the child. ” comments Monica Valrani, CEO of Ladybird Nursery

Introducing them to their new environment
Making a number of visits to the new school before the term starts and talking with your child about all the fun things they will be doing is a great way to start familiarising them with the environment and getting them excited about the things to come in their new school.

Further developing your child’s social skills
In order to build further on their social skills, organising more play-dates with other children and families to encourage sharing, taking turns and building their confidence is a good idea. If possible, it is even more helpful to get together with families whose children are going to the same school.

Building up confidence and independence
Talking to your child about being able to do things independently, such as allowing them to dress themselves in their new big boy uniform, choosing their own snacks to pack in their lunchbox and even choosing their own school bag, are all great for building up their confidence and independence, two skills they will need to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Continue the learning process throughout the summer
During the summer holidays, continue to work on number recognition and literacy skills and play fun counting and word games like “I Spy”. These games keep young minds sharp and are great for giving your child a step up when they start the year.

Communication is key
In order to relieve anxiety, on both sides, share happy stories about your own school experience, all the friends you met and explain how they can speak to the teacher anytime about anything. Reading some Starting School books together is also very helpful for prepping them for what is to come.

Most importantly establish a routine
As school is a longer day than nursery, make sure to get your child into a good routine for dinner, bath time and bedtime to ensure they get enough sleep. This will ensure that when term time rolls around they are not sluggish or tired in their first few weeks.

Founded 20 years ago, Ladybird Nursery has established itself as one of Dubai’s leading British nurseries for children aged between 6 months and four years. Ladybird Nursery is located in Jumeirah 1 and Jumeirah Village Circle.

Hope it helps you and your little one. Let's keep a positive approach, keep it light and fun... breathe, it will work just fine! Well that's my thought and hope. Let's see. Until then enjoy the rest of your summer.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Join the movement : The Rainbow Rock Project

Here's our new happy project. Totally inspired by Alia, 7 years old from the San Francisco, we are joining in our own way the Rainbow Rock Project.

Alia started painting rainbows on rock to leave outdoors as a surprise for people to find. She loved it and wanted to to paint more and more rainbow rocks for people to find and spread joy and kindness. Her mom suggested painting rainbow rocks for a good cause. And the Rainbow Rock Project started! Follow her adventures on on Instagram (@rainbowrockproject). 

So just like Alia, Luella (with her very messy 2 years old sister) started to paint rainbow rocks. Our mission inspired by Alia is to spread kindness and make people smile.

We had fun, looking for the stones, getting the supplies (Ikea fluo paint, some kind of sealant to protect the paint being washed away from the rain) and setting up our arts and craft station in the garden. As a mum, I loved the easy activity and very thoughtful concept.

Need to write a little quote at the back. Alia’s quote is “"Here's a rock from me to you that grants wishes and happiness too!" We love it! Luella’s quote “Here’s a rock from me to you to brighten up your day”.

Now, we look forward to put those little rainbow gems back in the "Universe" for people to find. We will place them around our neighbourhood, at the beach, the park and the forest and hope to brighten up people days or just make them smile.

Have a look at The Rainbow Rock Project to see more about Alia’s goal to raise money for her local charity and how to keep spreading some kindness and sunshine in the Universe.
Thank you Alia for inspiring us!