Sunday, November 26, 2017

Looking for Advent Calendar fillers ? Here's my little list of treats

Pick up two cute advent calendar box sets from Ikea. 


One of my favourite Christmas tradition is the advent calendar. There is a lot of options available around in the shops and online, from felt calendar with 24 small pockets, paper envelopes, little boxes, to free printable... and DIY ideas from Pinterest.

When time comes to fill up the little "containers" here's my list of ideas. About 20 little notes of things to do together. The five remaining days will be for sweets, because chocolate is happiness!

My 20 Advent Calendar fillers 

1. Mini Xmas decoration

2. Hair accessories for the holidays

3. Stickers

4. Let’s watch a Xmas movie with popcorn and candy

5. Wrap a gift and let’s take to a charity

6. Make hot chocolate with marshmallows

7. Write your letter to Santa

8. Decorate gingerbread man cookies

9. Make a gingerbread house

10. Let’s go choose a special ornament for the tree

11. Let’s go ice skating

12. Let’s go pick a new Xmas book from the book store

13. Let’s decorate a mini tree for your bedroom

14. Today we do the BIG tree

15. Look under the couch (for gift that don’t fit into the advent calendar pocket) box of artificial snow

16. Write Xmas cards to friends and family

17. Let’s go to the cinema and watch a holiday movie.

18. Look under your bed (for gift that don’t fit into the advent calendar pocket) : new PJ

19. Look in your drawer (for gift that don’t fit into the advent calendar pocket) : new Xmas socks

20. Let’s do a special prayer for the children of the world

Happy countdown to Christmas! xx

Monday, November 20, 2017

What I got on Mumzworld.com this month!








Hello lovelies. Just sharing some of my last picks, I ordered from Mumzworld.com this month. Some everyday basics for the girls, some little treats and somethings to get into the holiday spirit!

Brush Baby Kidzsoni, electric toothbrush
My girls have a very different attitude about brushing teeth. Luella is 8 years old and spend over 5 minutes brushing meticulously - (I have to tell her to quit it). While I have to run after Josefin and beg her to let me brush her teeth. 

Baby Kidzsonic Toothbrush has improve the pre-bedtime routine and Josefin is now much more interest in brushing! After about 3 weeks, the novelty has not phased out. So just for that I would recommend the electric toothbrush! It's  specially designed to help young children care for their teeth and help teach good oral care habits from an early age. The bristles and vibrations seemed to reach well in between and provide a good clean. There is a 2 minutes disco light timer, keep the kids on track! There is two age groups from +3 and for +6. I ordered both! Girls love it! check it out here!

Advent Calendar
 Tradition every year in our house is to have one (or more in our case) advent calendar! It's a special calendar used to count the days of Advent in anticipation of Christmas. This year instead of little chocolate gifts, I am trying the Lego and Playmobil version. It's cute and pretty sure they will like it!

Simply Kids 
Little fun treats for the bath. Girls love that yucky stuff, specially the slime version. The crackle one was less successful but glitter jelly was also a hit. Happy and easy way to get the girls excited! Get the bath play time extended, perfect for some afternoons we just don't see the end off! :)

Tangle Teezer - Blow Styling Half Paddle Purple
I like the brand, I have bought a couple of original Tangle Teezer brushes and thought they were good for the girls long hair. I picked up this one Half Paddle Tangle Teezer as new version. It did not work great with the girls. It says to "gliding effortlessly through to remove excess moisture for a quicker, easier blow dry." It's actually not a brush for detangling hair like I was expecting, it's the kind of brush you use after you sorted your hair, ready for blow-dry. So I am keeping it for myself and will stick to the original tangle teezer for Luella and Jo for now.

Pabobo - Portable Nightlight
The nightlight Nomade from Pabobo is adorable. It's very popular night light brand in France, I was happy to find it here. It's easy to use no batteries and no wires. It recharges placing it directly in the wall socket and last up to 70h. This version comes in a cute little teddy bear pocket. There is a sensor which will adjust the brightness depending on the environment. It's a cute gift idea for AED199.

Now with the festive season coming up, Mumzworld is bringing back its Santa Delivery service this December. Santa will deliver the gifts right to your door! Simply do your festive shopping as normal at Mumzworld.com, tick the Santa delivery option at checkout and Santa will arrive on your doorstep, gifts in hand; putting a smile on your little one’s faces! The Mumzworld FREE Santa Delivery service is available from 1st December. For full details here!

Don't forget to use "DubaiourSandbox10" promo code to get 10% off on all your Mumzworld order.
Happy shopping!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Yummy Mummy Sunday at Studio 91 - treat yourself!



You have to take care of yourself before you can take care of others, right?! It’s like in the plane, they tell you to put on the oxygen mask first. Well, here’s a good offer for you lovely mamas…

STUDIO 91 is launching their ‘start of the week’, Yummy Mummy movement. Every Sunday between 8am and 1pm, the contemporary hair care studio in the heart of DIFC is offering 25% off all color, styling and therapy treatments, with a delicious complimentary continental breakfast to kick off the week in style.

I tried, tested and loved the idea… Let’s treat our self to a little pick me up pampering and breakfast – a rarity for many busy mums in Dubai. Took me just over one hour to enjoy a hair treatment with fantastic head massage, get a blow dry and breakfast. My very bouncy blow dry was perfect… curls were a little tight at first but that’s the secret to long lasting waves… two days later it’s still looking good!

During the morning, Yummy Mummies can also take advantage of a complimentary doctor’s consultation worth 500dhs, in collaboration with STUDIO 91’s sister clinic, SKIN III. The adjoining clinic offers all surgical and non-surgical aesthetics treatments including unique signature treatments for anti-aging, hair re-growth and skin rejuvenation, and more…

Booking is highly recommended
STUDIO 91
DIFC Gate Village, Building 05
+971 4 343 7100 / +97154 448 8610
email info@studio-91.com.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The tiny but mighty sonic face cleanser



This is my current addition to my beauty routine! Still using my favourite products from Living Nature but now I have find a little gadget that maximize the efficacy of my cleanser so my skincare used after is better absorbed and more effective.

Introducing Scandinavian multi-award winning brand Foreo. Foreo’s T-Sonic pulsation technology that has been clinically proven to remove 99.5% of dirt, oil and makeup residue. This helps to clear away dead skin cells and enhance absorption of skincare products and diminish the appearance of pores and refine sin texture. I decided to order the smallest device, the Luna Play (size of a macaron) for practicality and affordable price tag. It's a good introduction the Foreo T-Sonic technology.




The Foreo Luna Play device is water-proof and sealed, made of silicone, very hygienic . The start button is at the back, with one speed, which I think is just fine. The silicon and it's bristles are very soft, you would think it's not cleaning enough! But actually, it does a soft non abrasive job and left my skin really soft.

I use the Foreo Luna Play device every night for 1minute. Easy to use, I believe it provide a gentle but efficient cleanse . It also promote micro-circulation and relax facial muscles to delay development of wrinkles. Well hopefully!

Check out the whole range with it's different sizes, features and prices. I am happy with this travel version, only down point is that contrary to the other Foreo devices, the Foreo Luna Go is not rechargeable. You can use for about 100, then toss it! Not the best, contributing to electronic waste. If I had read in depth before buying it, I would have probable buy the rechargeable version.

Saying that  love that it's a fun, compact and affordable device. A cute design with 2-zone brush for sonic cleanse. Leaving skin glowing in a minute. 




Fore Luna devices are available on mumzworld.com.
Price tag from AED180 to AED 950
Don't forget to use "DubaiourSandbox10" promo code to get 10% off on all your Mumzworld order.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

George’s Marvellous Medicine Live On Stage

Super excited to take the girls to the theatre, it's definitely something we don't do enough. It's a lovely family and friends morning out and a great cultural experience, but mostly it's fun!

This month, on November 17th, as part of the UK/UAE 2017 Year of Creative Collaboration led by the British Council, Art For All is delighted to announce that they will be bringing Roald Dahl smash hit stage show George’s Marvellous Medicine to the UAE. Performed by the Birmingham Stage Company and adapted for the stage by award-winning children’s theatre director, David Wood, this acclaimed production has already proved a sell-out in the four previous times it has been performed in the UAE.

Luella definitely enjoyed the book and look forward to see the live show. I am sure most children kind of know the story of George! The hero George; a little boy who lives on a farm with his mum and dad, and horrible grumpy grandma – who is rather strange and tells him she’s a witch. One day, while left in charge of grandma, George decides he’s had enough of her bullying ways, and he’s going to teach her a lesson. Instead of giving her a dose of her normal medicine, he sets about making one of his own - with extraordinary results… An absolutely brilliant tale that stays true to Dahl’s wonderfully imaginative story.

The reviews have been great! Complimenting the amazing sets and actors, saying audiences are in for a huge treat. This interactive show brings Dahl’s magical story to life for children and adults of all ages. It’s a must-see event. So, we look forward to see you there!

Reviews
“Phil Clark's production revels in Dahl's anarchic vision and its own furious energy. David Wood's adaptation gradually makes the young audience deliciously complicit in George's outrageous experiment. This is a very nicely put together affair that celebrates the anarchy of Dahl with great gusto and a naughty sense of fun.” - The Guardian

“The BSC’s adaptation of George's Marvellous Medicine is cacophonously good fun. An exceptionally pungent and effective piece of child theatre. It's a riot!” - Time Out

“Staged in a beautiful farmhouse set, with impressive puppets, amazing special effects and truly magic tricks up its sleeve, George’s Marvellous Medicine perfectly demonstrates that children’s theatre is very rarely as simple as one might expect. A wickedly mischievous tale!”
- Society of London Theatre Reviews


Details
Showing at Ductac MOE
Prices: Dhs150-Dhs200
Tickets are available from Ductac Box Office, Virgin Tickets