September 29, 2014

Announcement! New Partnership With: 'Petals & Pearls Dubai"

I am beyond excited to share some great news with you!
Please give a warm welcome to my new partnership with {Petals & Pearls}-The Art of Occasions.
We have a ton of fun ideas we will be sharing with you in the coming months and I am absolutely honored and thrilled that I will have the chance to work with the two beauties behind Petals & Pearls
(Asha & Jamila).
These girls are quickly making a remarkable name for themselves and becoming quite the buzz around UAE when it comes to planning ANY special event. They specialize in baby showers, bridal showers, tea parties, cocktail parties, weddings, you name it!
"Passionate about events, our comprehensive planning and design capabilities take care of the smallest details to ensure that each flawlessly-conducted event is the talk of the town. Our dedicated event consultants can undertake your exact requirements or guide you through a wide selection of the UAE’s finest caterers, venues and suppliers to put together the perfect plan. We ensure a stress-free experience by looking after every last detail – in simple terms ; whatever it is that you require – Petals and Pearls can assist you."
Petals & Pearls can also welcome your new arrival to the world with special customised baby showers. They can even style your hospital room to reflect the wonder of a new life, and ensure your baby’s first few days are every bit as beautiful as he or she is.
Be sure to check out Petals & Pearls on Facebook {here} & Instagram
"From when we were little girls it was always on the cards we were destined to create something pretty with passion. We understand the importance of a responsive service, we will not cut corners, we deliver on time and we work with your budget. Obsessive about great design we put our ideas together to create memorable events with attention to detail.
We also want to bring you Dubai’s first specialised wedding etiquette service. There are many ways to celebrate an occasion, with many details to remember in the planning process .As a company we carefully go through all of the formalities, protocol and traditional order of events leaving you to have the day of your dreams."

September 28, 2014

What Does Hand Foot Mouth Disease Look Like?

I have been slightly under the radar the last week. That is because I have been taking care of one really sick little fella. At first we were sure it was chickenpox. One might assume the same as he had little blisters on his face and body (similar to the one between his two eyes pictured below). But it slowly spread into a rash and then I started to panic!! I thought it was measles...
Finally after 2 visits to the doctors I got a real diagnosis. Yes I wanted a second opinion!
Hand Foot & Mouth Disease...
My children have had this before, but never to this extent. One week on and he is still under the weather. We are strong to believe he has {this} 'Enterovirus 68' which is spreading like wildfire across North America same thing as HFM.
"EV68 starts as a common cold, with runny nose, sore throat, cough and fever. If the disease progresses, difficulty breathing, decreased urine production, lethargy and dehydration can occur.  Some kids develop skin rashes, diarrhea and abdominal pain."
He has been irritable, drowsy, lack of appetite, glassy eyes, runny nose. Really not fun...I think HFM will be making its rounds through UAE so I wanted to give you some clear reference pictures if you find yourself in the same boat. Try not to freak out (like I did). Keep your child hydrated that is the number one thing. If in doubt, go see a doctor.


September 25, 2014

Recipe: Healthy Wheat Bran Muffins (With Add-In Options)

After I posted this picture below on instagram @mommyindubai I received many requests from people asking for the recipe. I thought it were about time I share it! Pictured here is carrot-raisin wheat bran muffins with a drizzle of honey on top.
This recipe is so easy! You don’t even need a blender! Simply two bowls, a muffin tin and spatula!

Ingredients (you can add shredded carrot & raisins, or chocolate chips & walnuts)
  • Nonstick cooking spray (I prefer to use butter)
  • 1 ½ cups unprocessed wheat bran (I couldn’t find any at Holland & Barrett so I used wheat germ)
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk ( I like to use fresh laban since it is of abundance here in UAE and yummy)
  • ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
*If your children like chia seeds as much as mine do, add in a dash,even a bit of ground up flax seed!*
  • Add-Ins for carrot-raisin muffins (for ever 1 cup of batter, fold in ¼ cup finely shredded carrot and ¼ cup raisins. I like to soak the measured out rasins in hot water for a few minutes to plump them up)
  • Add-ins for chocolate chips & walnuts (for every 1 cup of batter, fold in ¼ cup semisweet chocolate chips and ¼ cup chopped walnuts)
  1. Coat muffin tin with cooking spray or line your muffin tin with paper cups, set aside
  2. In a small bowl combine 1/2 cup of wheat bran and butter (you will use the rest of the wheat bran later). Add boiling water, stir and let stand for 3 minutes
  3. In a large bowl stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt
  4. Stir in remaining wheat bran, buttermilk, brown sugar, egg, vanilla and the bran-butter mixture until all combined
  5. If you wish to add ingredients to make carrot-raisin muffins or chocolate chip & walnut, then do so following my instructions above. I made two cups of carrot-raisin which filled one muffin tin creating 12. Along with half a mini muffin tin of 1 sneaky cup of chocolate & walnut which made 6 minis.
  6. Fill up your muffin cups and bake for roughly 15 minutes or until a wooden toothpick comes out clean
 My little helper loved digging into the batter! So did I.
I didn't feel one bit guilty (except for the raw egg) letting him eat up this stuff!
I was a little ticked that he didn't leave me a spoon to lick at the end!
 One mini chocolate chip & walnut muffin :)
*Please note I found this recipe in the amazing copy of 'Fall Baking-Better Homes and Gardens'*