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3 Tips on Keeping Fit and Beautiful during the Month of Ramadhan

During the month of Ramadhan we need a way to regularized our intake of liquid. This needs become more important as this year Ramadhan comes in the summer, when outside temperature can soar to 50 degrees Celcius. Even more so, we want to look fresh and beautiful when we gather with our friends and family at Eid al Fitr day.

In this article, I want to share some tips to keep us fit and beautiful while still fasting in this holy month.

  1. Drink a lot of water. With enough liquid, our skin will look supple and fresh.
  2. Take more fruits and vegetables. Nutricians and beauticians agree that fruits and vegetables are crucial for the health of our body and skin. The fibre and vitamins of fruits and vegetables can make our skin looks shiny and fresh.
  3. Treat your body from head to toe with hair and skin care products with natural ingredients. For my skin I use Palmer’s Cocoa Butter that I covered in my previous post. I also use Palmer’s Lipbalm to moisten my lips and to protect them from the summer heat. And this summer I also use two additional products:
  • Palmer’s Deep Conditioning Protein Pack, that contains coconut oil, keratin protein for strengthen and repairs hair, silk protein for restores high-glass shine and coconut milk for detangles and combats frizz. This conditioner is easy to use: After shampooing with Palmers coconut oil formula shampoo, distribute through hair, coating strands evenly and focusing on ends. Leave on 10-20 minutes before rinsing. It can be using as an overnight treatment, cover hair with a plastic cap and rinse out in the morning.
  • Palmer’s Foot Magic, that contains pure cocoa butter, enriched with vitamin E and other natural emollients, provides a deep penetrating treatment for the feet. The unique formulation moisturizes, softens and smoothes even the roughest and driest skin. Also the soothing peppermint oil revitalizes sore, tired feet. To use it, simply apply a thin layer of this cream onto rough, dry, calloused feet daily to achieve and maintain soft, supple skin. I suggest you to use it at night before we go to bed, and cover your feet with socks to make it more effective.

That’s some of my tips to combat summer during Ramadhan so we can keep our beauty on Eid al Fitr.

Here’s What You Need To Know About Palmer’s Lip Balm

A few months ago I have covered Palmer’s Fantastic Four Lotion and Palmer’s Skin Therapy Oil. This time, allow me to write about Palmer’s Lip Balm series.

Ingredients

Come in three varieties namely Original, Dark Chocolate & Mint, and Dark Chocolate & Cherry, Palmer’s lip balm contains Cocoa Butter and Vitamin E as active ingredients. These products are formulated specifically to moisturize the lips. Cocoa Butter is believed to help makes the skin supple, while Vitamin E, an effective anti-oxidant, reduces the free radicals. These lip balms are also fortified with SPF 15 to protect the lips from UV rays. Combined, those elements reduce and eliminate cracked lips and make them sparkle.

The natural ingredients of this lip balm also make it safe to use for children from six months old and above. A convenience feature for moms with little children like me.

Packaging

The lip balm has rather unique shaped: oval-tube packaged in a carton whose color matches the variant. Some usual information such as ingredients and expiration date are written on the carton. The petite size make it travel friendly; it can easily accompany you in almost all of your activities.

The twist-to-advance mechanism makes this lip balm easy to apply. Just turn the knob at the bottom of the case to advance the stick, smear it evenly on your lips as needed, and turn it in reverse to retract the stick back into the container. Quick and hygiene, as no finger is needed.

Texture

The lip balm has soft and light texture, not too oily yet gives glossy finish to the lips. Its smooth scent can easily be accepted by most people, especially those who don’t like strong aroma. The moisturizing effect is quite long lasting (around 3-4 hours per application), suitable for people with super dry lips.

Price

The price is affordable, around 18 dhs for original, 20 for Dark Chocolate & Mint, and 25 dhs for Dark Chocolate & Cherry variant.

Pros and Cons

The following are the pros and cons of this lip balm as I found it.

Pros

  • Smooth textur
  • Long lasting moisturizing effect
  • Nice aroma
  • Contains SPF 15 and antioxidant
  • Travel Friendly

Cons

  • Its glossy finish makes it unsuitable for use as matte lipstick base

Conclusion

These lip balms are suitable for those dry lips. You can also wear it before sleep to make your lips supple and bright the following morning.All in all, because of its features (UV protection, antioxidant, and aroma) and its affordable price, this product is really worth trying.

Ah, last but not least, nowadays I know all fashionistas are being crazy about matte lipstick. But, according to my experience, it’s not advisable, due to its glossy finish, to apply this lip balm along with matte lipstick. Tips from me: it will be better if you treat your dry lips with this lip balm first, after it gets smooth and supple, you can freely apply matte lipstick. See the result, all I can say is just PERFECT!

 

5 Tips in Choosing The Right Mobile Apps For Your Kids

In this era of technology almost all kids are attracted to the gadgets, and my 15 months old baby included. She’s seen her mom and dad’s working in front of their laptops, so no wonder if she, to some degree, can already use iPhone, iPad, and even laptop. To be honest, we are not anti-gadget kind of parents, so we don’t try to stay our baby away from those devices, as long as she is within the fair use limit. Within this limit, the gadget can be beneficial to us all, both parents and the kid, and that’s why I had discussion with hubby about downloading mobile apps that are safe for our kiddo, ones that suit her age and, after a lengthy research, we decided to install KidloLand. KidloLand has winning the Mom’s Choice Gold Award, it also conforms with our predefined 5 criteria, which are:

  1. No advertisements. I used to play nursery rhymes which are scattered widely on youtube, until one day I realized that they pun ads inserts at the beginning and within the playlist. Some of the ads were about online games, and I also noticed that my baby expressed fear upon watching some of the ads, perhaps due to violence or to the suspense air brought by the background music.
  2. Can be played offline. We travel almost regularly to Dubai, which is 125 kms away from Abu Dhabi. Sitting for 1.5 hours in the car can be boring even for adults, so you can imagine how bored my baby is to sit on her baby car seat. An application playing nursery rhymes and/or playing games can help ease her boredom.
  3. Educational, and yet not boring. From my childhood memory, being educational usually means being boring, but I don’t want my baby to have that same kind of memory. We want her to keep having fun even when she is learning something, and KidloLand enables her to have just that.

    Even in nursery rhymes mode, the illustrations displayed while the song is played are clickable. Tap on birds and it starts to chip happily, or tap on the castle and it turns into box, or touch a chimney and smoke comes out of it, etc. Those additional animations keep my kid engaged with the apps instead of being a passive audience.

  4. Age appropriate. In the middle of information torrent, we don’t want her grow too quickly. We want her to play as much as she wants, and grows physically and mentally according to her age. KidloLand informs us about the age recommendation for each of its menu and sub-applications, so we can rest assured she accesses only parts that are suitable for her.
  5. Worth the money. For one month of using this application, I keep on finding new menu almost everyday. The team behind Kidloland are quite active in updating the contents. With features of more than 1000 nursery rhymes, lullabies, games, bedtime stories, activities, games and lot of other stuffs I finds it worth every cents of the 24,99 dollars I spent for this apps (subscription for 6 months) and KidloLand can be downloaded from iOS, Google Playstore, and Amazon Appstore.

Well, that are the five criteria for me to select apps for children, and how KidloLand fits them well. Yet don’t forget that no matter how good the application is, the best activity for our children is the activity engaged along with their parent.

 

 

Lovely Valentine’s Day Gift

Palmer’s has been so kind for sending me a box of cocoa butter as a valentine gift. I knew it was so late talking about valentine, February is over already. But surely I need more time to try the product since the box contained a set of Cocoa Butter for husband and I. I needed to persuade my husband to really tried it. Not only you, my self really wanted to know his opinion about Palmer’s men product.

Palmer’s cocoa butter for men contains pure cocoa butter and vitamin E formula. That’s why they guarantee it can moisturize skin for 24 hours. I think it suits my husband’s needs, remembering his activities are just sitting and programming a whole day long in air-conditioned room. Actually my husband doesn’t really like to use any lotion or butter in his body because it usually feels sticky. But as the label shown, it is fast absorbing. So I asked husband to use the butter and he agreed. Even after the butter has been applied on all over of his skin, it didn’t feel sticky because the butter felt mild and was fast absorbing into the skin. Another notes from me as his lovers, the cocoa butter scented non-overwhelmingly FRESH. I think it’s good to know, because most of women don’t like their spouses to smell sweet.

How about mine?

As usual, as Palmer’s loyal customer. I don’t have any complaints. But I wanna share my experience last week. When my family went to the pool, I forgot to bring any sunblock. So my skin became dry and irritated. I love to make an experiment, so I applied the cocoa butter onto my body and the formula really helped to sooth skin after sun exposure. Its rich and luxurious cocoa butter provides deep hydration all over the skin. What’s so important is all the ingredients are natural, no phthalate and preservative added.
*This is an honest review regardless as my status as Palmer’s Brand Ambassador

One Day Vacation in Polynesia

Have you ever heard about Polynesian food?

I don’t know about you, but I haven’t. That’s why husband and I were really excited when we received a daycation brunch invitation from Lapita Hotel and Resort. We’re not only excited about the food but also the resort itself.

What’s so great about Lapita?
Its location inside the Dubai Park and Resort, Middle Easts largest Hollywood inspired theme park. The ambiance and atmosphere make the resort top notch, I felt like I took a vacation in Hawaii. No wonder, because Lapita has Polynesian themed resort hotel, with an intriguing tribal theme which inspires guests of all ages to learn about the Polynesian culture and heritage.

When I entered the Lapita Restaurant, I could see seafoods all around. Thankfully, though, that I met Chef Joseph who patiently explained about the characteristic and uniqueness of Polynesian cookings. As an archipelago, Polynesian’s main resources comes from the ocean. It’s the reason why many of the dishes have seafood as their main ingredient. On the other hand, as a tropical country, Polynesia also has fertile land so they have diverse choices of vegetables, fruits and herbs. Naturally, they combine the sources from the ocean and the land into the dishes.

Actually, there were so many option of Japanese Food, Chinese Food and even many selection of cheese, but I just wanted to put Polynesian food into my mouth. So, I walked around, tried them one by one and the “Polynesian Tahitian Shrimp” easily became my favorite. Ask my husband how I hate shrimp! But in this place, I wanted more, more, and more shrimps! So did lobster. I didn’t even remember how many shrimps I ate. Both of these menu had excellent flavor.

Sweets upon sweets were there to complete your meals. As UAE has black gold, so does Lapita has chocolate golds. Lots of chocolate bars and coins were spread on the table, along with a tall fondue to glaze fruit dices and marshmallow. The fondue was unique as sprung chocolate and thick green tea milk! I loved that green tea covered marshmallow on a stick, or should I say: on sticks? There was also organic edible garden, where you could pluck vegetables from a soil made of cream and oreo crumble. What a healty dose of guilty feeling.

What makes it awesome?
While we ate, various entertainment, like live music, massage corner and area for kids activities extended and complemented that fun and lovely atmosphere. This atmosphere is a big part of what brings Lapita to the next level.

After we finished roaming the restaurant, we went to the outdoor area. There’s the open air kitchen where the food was cooked on naked flame. The outdoor area is surrounded by the hotel rooms. With their best location, delicious food and drinks, plus those entertainments, Lapita is an option that is not to be missed for family holiday.

Some of the other bloggers also come to the event. If you may want to check out their review about the Daycation Brunch just visit Zeyna of Mummy on My Mind, Keri of Our Globetrotters , Paula of And Then There Were 2 , Abigail of Cuddles&Crumbs.

*all the pictures credit to my husband

Some Ideas to Cool the Summer Down

February hasn’t over yet, but the mercury has shown the sign of rising. I guess summer comes earlier this year, and I’m sure you have prepared plans on what to do this summer. Anyway, here’s two additional places you can put into your agenda to hide from the harsh sun: Magic Planet and Mikel Coffee

Located on the second floor of Burjuman, Dubai, Magic Planet is strategically placed next to the foodcourt area. As the name implies, as you enter the venue, you will feel like you are being transported to the outer space, with Saturn Rings float above you and stars twinkling on the blue ceiling. Roaming this interplanetary expanse, you will find many interesting game machines suitable for children from the age of 2 to 92. Machines like Wheel of Fortune that offers you a chance to win a thousand ticket, or a Color Matching game with a PS4 as one of its Major Prize, for example, will surely attract your attention for hours. If you feel like having some road rage, there is also a boom-boom car arena where you can safely release the tension.

For the little ones, there are also computerized rides where they can sail the ocean while fishing, or ride the seahorse to catch stars. You might need to ride with them if your kiddo is under 2, but beware, parents, you might end up having fun playing with those rides, even more than you kids!

Mikel Coffee is located at the ground floor of Burjuman, near the parking space, so it’s a perfect place to cool you down after your visit to the theme park above. This outlet of the coffee chain from Greece is easy to find as you can see the picture of the face founder’s father, Khadar Hassan, printed on the glass wall of the cafe. I ordered Cappucino Mikelo, their signature coffee, which is a cappucinno with a mix of various kind of milk. I don’t know what kind of milk they mixed, but all I can tell you is that this brew is amazingly delicious. I don’t think I have ever drunk a cappucino like this before, ever.

While sipping my coffee, I decided to order some croissant to accompany my cappucino, and so I asked them to bring me an almond croissant. I thought I made the right decision by choosing this croissant as it was really delicious and creamy with nutty almond flavor, but after a short discussion with my friends who ordered some other type of croissant, I concluded that couldn’t make any wrong choice here. Their croissants, regardless of the variant, are worth savouring for ;).

At the end, we are more than ready to welcoming summer!

New Year Staycation at Royal Rose Hotel

Early January, I got a chance to stay at Royal Rose Hotel located in Abu Dhabi Downtown. Its exterior hints to a 17th century French Palace, it fascinates me every time I pass by the hotel when I’m going to visit Abu Dhabi Mall. But honestly I never had any intention to stay there since I live in Abu Dhabi. Until I got a hotel voucher from Preffered Hotels, hotel booking site. Thanks to OurGlobetrotters who made this happened!

Location
The Hotel is within walking distance from the business hub, government institutions, shopping malls and other leisure facilities. The Abu Dhabi Corniche and promenade is a mere five-minute drive away.

The Room
It’s a 50sq room with one king size bed which more than fit for my family (2 adults and 1 toddler). We really love the clean sheets, fluffy pillows, soft blankets and the bouncy bed. It’s really comfortable, I don’t wanna go home!

The interior is equally opulent, with walls overlaid in intricate gold-leaf designs and accented with ornate chandeliers. Just like any other hotels, the room has all the basics facilities like SDB, cable television, hi-speed internet access, hair dryer, complimentary water bottles and coffee/tea kettle.

Their restroom has towels, soap, shampoo, and dental kit that come from Roberto Cavalli. What I like the most is the bathtub, so huge and fit for the three of us. For families who love to swim, this hotel would be satisfactory because the bathroom came with chloth line to hang your wet swimsuits.

Facilities
Actually there were so many facilities, they have 3 restaurants, healthclub and spa. But I just want to review their outstanding swimming pool. The temperature controlled, open air roof-top pool with jacuzzi, sun deck and kids pool are a perfect ways to spent the day. Look how my toddler really enjoyed her swimming session!

Services
Almost all the staff are warm and nice but they need make an improvement in valet service area. They should be more responsive in welcoming the guest since they are the first front liner. I think they need to put more efforts to make a good impression.

At the end, we got more than what we paid for. I will be back really soon!

*We personally didn’t order any food in the hotel because the location is close to the Abu Dhabi Mall, so we prefer to having dinner and breakfast outside the hotel.

Palmers Brand Experience: The Fantastic Four Lotion

 

As a Christmas gift, I received 4 handbag samples of Palmers lotions. I already use 2 from 4 products long before palmers send the sample. So, when Palmers ask me to make a review about their products, the review will be based on my experience.

Let me explain my experience with those products.

1. Cocoa butter lotion, Let me tell you a secret! It becames my arsenal to fight the the summer sun! The ingredients of the lotion is full of Coconut Butter and Vitamin E. It transforms even the roughest, driest areas into buttery soft skin. It is also works for normal to dry to eczema prone skin. Its effectively heals and softens the skin. The scent are fresh and not to sweet, that’s why i buy it for the very first time. I don’t use it for now, though, because it’s winter already ?.

2. Shea butter lotion, my first impression when I applied the lotion to my hand was: OMG! I LOVE THE SCENT! ?. This product not only contains vitamin E but also soybean oil that helps prevents skin from dehydration. Also added to the mixture is Grape seed oil that popularly known to keep skin looking youthful. The most important element is its oatmeal extract which can calm and soothe irritation. I think this product perfect for the ones who have dry and sensitive skin like me.

3. Coconut lotion, it scented sweet just like the coconut. It contains coconut oil as a main ingredient that commonly known to have benefit for moisturizing the skin. After I apply the lotion my skin feels hydrating, soothes and comforts, thanks to the raw and natural ingredients almond oil and monoi oil.

4. Olive Lotion, it contains antioxidant that rich of extra virgin olive oil and vitamin E to help reduce the appearance of scars and stretchmarks by building collagen to increase the elasticity of the skin. I recommend this product for pregnant women since all the ingredients are natural. Furthermore, the light and fresh fragrance can help me to feel more relaxed.

After reading my review, hopefully you can decide what product that may suit with your skin needs. If you don’t mind, let’s share with me, which one is your favorite.

Legends of Arabia: Quest of the Pearl Tribes

Have you ever wondered how was it like to be an ancient Arab tribe who wandered the desert for errands and battled against each other? Have you ever watched a play that was so good but still thought that it shouldn’t end that way? Well, if you visit Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi this December, your wish will come true!

That’s because starting from December 9th, every 7 pm, as the play titled Legends of Arabia lifts their curtain, the water arena magically transforms into ancient Arab coastal and mountain area, where five warring Arab tribes dwell. The play is of special type called Live Action Role Play and, as the name implies, in this play you can not only watch the story unfold, but also be involved in it.

As you enter the area, you will be greeted bye team of hosts who will help fitting you with the wardrobe and props, then you will have to choose a tribe to join and the tribe’s chief will welcome you and explain you the basic rule of the play slash game. You may ask anything to him, just don’t expect any spoiler on the scenario. Anyway, once the play commences, you’ll see why he won’t give you a hint. The play starts with only a basic scenario. then, as the story unfurls, we as part of the story may decide how it should be experienced. In fact, we are encouraged to do so.

For two hours you will roam the Arab realm, hike their high lands, acquire magic talismans that give you super strength, negotiate with other tribes, or fight them should the negotiation fails. Well, with sword in hand, you will hope the diplomatic meeting fails and don’t worry, it will fail. Soon you will hear the battle cry, the adrenaline rush when the enemy faces you, the morbid satisfaction when you slay them, or the grief when you and your tribe lose.

No, I won’t betray my chief by telling you the legend, but suffice to say that you can expect an exhaustive yet exhilarating evening, and the epic tale will be concluded with a buffet of the same proportion, where you can brag your victorious battles.

Should you become intrigued with this action drama, please visit here to book you and your family a place.

Deira in the Adventureland’s Jungle

Last week, we spent the weekend in our neighboring Emirate, Sharjah. We’ve planned to visit Al Manhatta Museum and Al Qasba and, while we were there, attending an invitation from Adventureland. So we decided to stay in Sharjah for 1 night in Hotel 72, i chose the hotel because their strategic location, it was across of corniche beach, Al Noor Mosque, and at the same time also close to our destination points above.

We visited Adventureland in Sahara Centre Shopping Mall, we came a bit late because the road was quite busy in the evening. Actually, it was our first time in the biggest indoor family entertainment center in Middle East with 70,000 square feet. We expected a lot of fun!

We met a staff named Naro to pick the giveaway and media kit. We got GO FOR GOLD membership from Adventureland, we had adventure card worth 100 dhs to access the kids attractions and family rides. Adventureland came with a re-energized jungle theme and my daughter couldn’t hold herself not to be excited and so she walked all around the jungle ?. Then, she was stuck in Green Go Round, after she saw a lot of horses there with a double-decker grand carousel. Afterall, which kid would not be appealed to ride?
Face to face with the carrousel, there was Parachute, an attraction that would surely be adored by future pilots, as these colorful corsairs take young kids to fly up and down, around, clockwise and back again. I was even sure that papa looked happier than the daughter. It sure was papa’s time!?

If you want to make a birthday party for your children, Adventureland can be considered as the venue as well. They provide a birthday packages with price ranging from 75 AED including the meals. We had a great time in Adventureland. Hopefully they will open Adventureland in Abu Dhabi too :))