I hereby vow to share a ‘Currently Loving’ post with you at least once a month throughout 2015, to give a brief recap to the things, shops, addresses, and websites that the boys and I have been enjoying recently. I promise to post an even spread of things in the UK and Dubai, so that all my readers are inspired. So without further ado, here are the things we have enjoyed in the last few weeks.
1 – The Gruffalo’s Child – UK and Dubai
We’ve been fans of The Gruffalo for a while, but Stanley has suddenly developed an obsession over Christmas with sequel The Gruffalo’s Child. It’s an equally brilliant story by Julia Donaldson, with beautiful illustrations throughout the book. We love it so much that we bought it for several friends and relatives to enjoy over Christmas too. And on the way back to Dubai on our Emirates flight, they were showing the book’s stunning animation, which stars Helena Bonham Carter and James Corden, to name just a few. I will be downloading this on iTunes soon, but there is also a DVD available at Amazon.co.uk
2 – GAP Kids – UK and Dubai
It’s not very exciting or innovative to recommend GAP Kids, but I have to admit it is my go-to shop for the boys in both the UK and Dubai. I like to dress my boys in simple, comfortable basics that still look very stylish – so before we flew back to Dubai on Tuesday, I ran into store and stocked up (the prices are cheaper in the UK, but everything is still available here if you are a Dubai-based Mummy).
3 – The Essential One – UK and Dubai
We ran a competition with The Essential One a few weeks ago, so I have already briefly introduced you to the company – but I wanted to tell you a little more. The online store is packed with baby wear and essentials in simple, basic, but very stylish designs. The company was kind enough to send me a few winter togs for Wilfred before we flew back to the UK in December (bearing in mind that he usually lives in vests) and I was seriously impressed with the quality of the clothes and the affordable price tags. If we ever have baby number three, I will be going on a big shopping spree – and I really recommend you do the same if you (or someone close to you) is expecting a little person soon. They are based in the UK, but will ship overseas, so mummies in the UAE can enjoy too.
4 – V Tech Kidizoom Twist Plus Camera – UK and Dubai
Stanley is 2 years and 8 months old and I did wonder if he was old enough for the V Tech Kidizoom Twist Plus Digital Camera that we bought him for Christmas. He does love taking a selfie with my phone, so I decided to go ahead – and thankfully it was a big success. This camera is brilliant; chunky, easy-to-grip, impossible to damage with a drop, but packed with features. Stanley spent hours clicking away at Christmas and I did plan to share his photos with you in a blog post, but on reflection realised the highlight was a photo of my Dad with no trousers on after he crashed his way into my parents’ room when they were getting dressed one morning – and he probably wouldn’t forgive me for sharing it… If you have a little person that is creative and fairly good with technology, it makes a brilliant gift.
5 – The Kings Head, Cirencester – UK
The husband and I escaped to The Kings Head in Cirencester, The Cotswolds on our trip to the UK last month, staying for two days without the children for our anniversary. Recommended to me by another Dubai-based Mummy, the hotel has been recently renovated and is on Cirencester’s high street, making it ideally placed for exploring this lovely Cotswold town. I absolutely adore this hotel and am already planning our next visit; think stylish, modern, comfortable, and very cosy. There’s free WiFi (though not the most reliable, so don’t plan a morning of work from your room like we did, yep we know how to live) with a plethora of fabulous restaurants, shops, and stunning countryside right outside. It was a dream break away and I highly recommend it for a kid-free break.
6 – LeBazar Online Shopping – Dubai
I have been hunting for an online grocery delivery company that can rival those in the UK since I arrived in Dubai four years ago – and I have finally found it with Le Bazar. I tested the company out a few weeks ago and was seriously impressed. You start by logging on and making an online order from the range of over 5,000 items (which it will remember as ‘favourites’ to make life easier next time). You then choose your delivery slot for the next day. My order was confirmed by phone and delivered promptly the next day (without even a phone call for directions, which is practically unheard of with delivery drivers to my apartment). Everything came in strong plastic bags, with no swaps on my order (although this would happen if something was out of stock). The size of the portions of fruit and vegetables were amazing for the price I paid and it was very good quality too. It’s a life-saver for busy Dubai mums and I will be ordering again this week.