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Review – Smurfs: The Lost Village

Last weekend we braved the unusual Dubai rain to watch the UAE premiere of Smurfs: The Lost Village at MOTIONGATE Dubai which is one of the 3 theme parks at the recently opened Dubai Park and Resorts. When the afternoon begins with Smurfs’ Vanilla ice-cream from London Dairy and face painting you cannot go wrong! Continue reading “Review – Smurfs: The Lost Village”

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General musings · kids activities · Traveling with Kids

Fun things to do in Lund with kids.

Absolutely never would have expected myself to be writing about the small, Swedish University town of Lund because honestly not only did I not know it existed until not too long ago, but even when I learnt of it, I had always pictured us traveling to more renowned and cosmopolitan cities with the boys. Never say never right? Continue reading “Fun things to do in Lund with kids.”

General musings · High-Fives & Happiness · kids activities · Me time · Things to do in Dubai

High Fives & Happiness: People often see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.

“People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for,” Harper Lee (To Kill A Mockingbird).

This week has been full of some really fun and exciting moments but mostly made up of many a power struggle between the parents and the 5-year-old. So suffice it to say it has been a tough week. This quote in particular speaks to me this week because it is really easy for me to get trapped in monster mom mode where instead of reacting to each situation and scenario as a new event, I enter into it expecting drama which creates this vicious circle of destructive and negative behavior that helps no one. And sometimes, instead of a parent and two children in a discussion, we end up with 3 children and tears. So this week, I’m aiming to be more mindful . To pause just for a minute longer before reacting and to not anticipate the outcome. I’m sure it will also help that the monkeys are back at school this week 🙂 Continue reading “High Fives & Happiness: People often see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.”

General musings · indoor play areas · kids activities · Things to do in Dubai

The time we went to Cloud 7…

One thing that the UAE is not short of, is indoor spots to keep the kids entertained which makes sense considering how many of the summer months outdoor play is not an option. There are constantly new locales being launched but while all are generally good fun, they are mostly much of the same. In the last while two have stood out for me, the first is Orange Wheels in Abu Dhabi which opened up last year (read more about it here) and the second was Cloud 7 which we visited recently. Continue reading “The time we went to Cloud 7…”

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Mess-free art: Raised Salt Painting

I’m always a bit hesitant with art and craft projects because I abhor the mess! Especially living in an apartment with limited space. This raised salt painting idea though is relatively mess free, or should I say as mess free as any art project can be. It also has the added advantage of the cool effect of the salt sucking up with water which gives it a bit of a WOW factor even if the result is less than perfect.

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Review: I Spy Dubai – Bugs and Birds

We’re still happily iPad free in our house and pretty proud of ourselves. Ok, well, the parentals are proud of themselves, the kids are tenacious and have been asking, negotiating, tantrumming – pretty much every trick in the book to establish when they can get them back. At the moment, never, but we try to break that to them in a more gentle manner 🙂 That however is a story on its own. Continue reading “Review: I Spy Dubai – Bugs and Birds”

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Baking Up A Storm with Bake ‘N Cake

I’ve always really enjoyed baking, it was a weekend tradition at home from a fairly young age, that come Saturday afternoon, I’d bake a chocolate cake which would promptly get devoured hot out the over. As I grew up, my kitchens improved and I slowly expanded my repertoire – that is until we moved to Dubai. We came with only clothes and the boys’ Lego & Hot Wheels collection – you know, priorities and all that 🙂 . While I’m thrilled that we got rid of all the clutter, it has sadly meant that I’ve done a lot less baking over the last couple of years. I’m hoping that BAKE ‘N CAKE will be the start of a move back to kitchen. Continue reading “Baking Up A Storm with Bake ‘N Cake”

kids activities · Things to do in Dubai

The time we went to Splash N Party…

Splash N Party
It is incredibly difficult to keep the excitement at bay when this is what they see walking in!

Most days I wish I had an endless brood of kids, no school/work/life responsibilities and a beautifully gilded, limitless credit card (that does not require payment) to make the most of all the amazing attractions and activities for Dubai! But alas…we’ll tick them off slowly but surely… Continue reading “The time we went to Splash N Party…”

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The time we went to Kiddies Cafe…

Kiddies Cafe

We don’t generally do play dates on weekdays simply because the boys either have homework, after school activities or the thought of a soft play area and all the noise and chaos that goes with it is generally too overwhelming for the boys (read the mother), but we conceded this week because it involved good friends and checking out Kiddies Cafe which was new to us and on the radar for future playdates with our DSAHM Meetup group. Continue reading “The time we went to Kiddies Cafe…”