Happy Halloween! 

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This year we celebrated Halloween three times on three consecutive occasions. The boys were thrilled to be able to wear their unique costumes, that were purchased from Party City and which they were so fond of, for three continous days.  I was even delighted to see how ecstatic the twins felt as their pumpkins got filled up with candy and chocolate every time they said, “Happy Halloween! ” I cannot believe how fast time flies.  They were just born yesterday, and now they happily participate in special festivities with their siblings.

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First we celebrated along with special friends and relatives.  Three awesome mamas took care of the decoration, turning the area into a beautiful Halloween setting.  They also prepared delicious homemade goodies and snacks, and organized fun Halloween activities. We all had a blast as we played, jumped, and raced – even the little ones of the group.

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We, as moms, also got dressed up with some simple but fun costumes to join in the celebration with our kiddos. It simply becomes more meaningful when we are involved and join in the fun.

 

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The next day, my hubby, kids, and I went to another cherished friend’s house where the kids enjoyed trick or treating.  Again,  they were showered with tasty snacks, extraordinary goodies, and heaps of candy.

Finally,  and like every year,  the boys went trick or treating in the neighborhood along with their dear friends. The excitement was peculiar as well.

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Every time I cannot but notice the joy that glows from their young faces.  The whole scenario as I observe them melts my heart.  I look at them with pride as I silently pray that we will always be able to provide them with such happiness on any occasion given. I hope that, one day,  when they look back, they would be thankful and joyful as they reminisce over those special images from their childhood. As I write these words, my heart swells up, and I feel more than grateful for all the blessings I am entrusted with.

Happy Halloween to all of you my dear readers,  followers,  and friends. A big thank you goes to all of those who made our Halloween as special as it was. Hope you have enjoyed yours as well!

 

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What Would I Tell Myself If? 

TOSHIBA Exif JPEGBeing surrounded by a few new moms and hearing the various struggles they are going through with their little ones took me back twelve years ago. I was able to relate to a lot of the difficulties they are currently facing and was assuring them that this too shall pass. Listening to them also gave me the chance to reflect on the path that I have been on and was wondering what message would I have sent myself if I was able to go back in time?

Avoid perfection:

First,  I would lower my expectations to be the perfect mom with a perfect baby. At that time I thought I could maintain an organized routine the way I have always done.  So instead of napping when he did,  I continued to tidy up the house,  cook, and do the never ending laundry. Moreover, he wasn’t the type of babies who slept through the night. I used to spend my days and nights indulged in feeding,  diaper changing, and more of those inexplicable heartbreaking cries!  The result;  I was drained due to the excessive pressure I have put on myself by aiming to seek perfection.

Learn to accept reality :

I learned through my experience that I needed to be more patient and to happily accept the sudden changes that quickly became our daily routine.
I also learned that those long nights and endless cries will come to an end.  It is only a stage before you move on to maybe yet another more complicated one.

Learn to accept advice:

I learned that advice coming from experienced people could be taken into consideration. For example,  I completely refused to give my boy a pacifier thinking only of its disadvantages. I was also afraid that he might get attached to it, leaving me unable to control it later on. Instead, I would nurse him every time he started crying, wondering if I had enough milk supply!

Be less anxious:

I admit with my first,  I was kind of worried about small  and unimportant details,  despite the fact that he was a healthy baby. By experience, I learned how these worries and anxieties can be felt by my babies.  So why would I reflect negative feelings when I can supply them with excessive positive love?

Give some time for myself:

If I look back at how I neglected myself and my appearance at that time,  I would be surprised.  A friend once told me how important it was for me to go for a walk alone,  have a Mani-padi every once in a while.  Of course, I did not as I thought I would be that bad and egoistic mummy if I don’t sacrifice every single minute for him.

Give some time to my hubby:

In the same talking,  I indirectly neglected our relationship focusing mainly on our baby, his needs, and then I would be too tired to even consider an outing or to spend some fun time with my hubby.

The good thing behind this, is that I have drastically changed throughout the years.  I learned from my mistakes, as I matured into motherhood. Thankfully, I succeeded in avoiding these inconsistencies with my other children, and I learned to enjoy being a mom of five. After all nothing is worth all the stress, the guilt, the pain, and even the physical fatigue. What really matters is the loving positive message we can provide our precious children with, right from day one.

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How My Mom Inspired Me

Whether we like it or not, every girl takes after her mom. Even if we think we do not, but by time we see ourselves becoming more and more like her. Some of us, if not most, feel proud about it. Even if we know that she, like us has done mistakes while raising her children, she still is our idol. No matter whether we feel that we resemble our moms or not, they have definitely inspired us in one way or the other.

Not because she is my mother, but as a person I came to admire her even more the day I got married and left to live in France. I used to tell her that I could see myself through her as I faced the challenges and responsibilities this new stage in life gave me.
She was and still is my guide, my support, the base behind my patience, my ambition, my strength,  and the first person who taught me what unconditional love is. I was not aware of these remarkable attributes when I was young and thought I owned the world. She has seen in me that passion towards writing and she kept encouraging me to write.

Her words still echo in my mind as she endlessly urged me to write about my experiences, insisting how joyful and satisfied I’d feel once I do that. She was more that right!

To encourage me even more towards my literacy education, she used to proudly say that I am the flower of the house amongst the mathematicians and doctors around me. She never mentioned how bad I was in Maths, and how illogical Physics was to me! Let alone Chemistry ….

My mama inspired me in many ways, and encouraging me to write is only a minor part of all that she has given me. But look how significant that has been on my life!

Through writing she has helped me reflect upon my problems, release my tension, experience happiness, be connected to the given moment, and mostly find the real me inside me!

We cannot thank our moms enough for what they did, what they do, and what they will do for us…  I am grateful for every second of my life for having her as my mom!

Looking forward to hearing how your wonderful moms have inspired you…
Please share this post with as many awesome mamas as possible as a way to celebrate together their uniqueness! 

Celebrating my 2nd Blogiversary

To celebrate is to do something special to mark or honor a special person or an event. Celebrations are mostly characterized by enjoyable moments where happiness rules. In fact celebrations are designed to make people feel good. So how would it feel like when you are celebrating with amazing friends and awesome followers at the Royal Emirates Palace?

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Last Saturday, I rejoiced in celebration of my Second Bolgiversary in the presence of a wonderful group of 28 amazing ladies at the Palace.

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As we enjoyed a royal high tea morning along a royal service, we were pampered as we chatted, shared stories, and of course took many pictures with special props and hats. The menu involved a variety of mouth-watering mini-sandwiches, mini-cakes, scones with jam, and ending up with a luscious fondant au chocolat!

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And as the ritual goes in all my events, we had our raffle draw where the ladies won awesome gifts and vouchers.

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I would like to take the opportunity and thank each and every person who has directly and indirectly served in making me reach the point where I am now. The blog started two years ago as a simple contact with the outside world – a window for me to share my experience as a mom of five. Thanks to all of you, I am glowing as I grow with you!

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Special thanks go to my dear husband, my children, and my family, who form my rock and whom I always count on! I am so grateful to have you in my life. My friends and followers, without you the whole blogging would be meaningless. Your appreciation and encouragement contribute in my success. Thank you!

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Last but not least, I would like to thank the Emirates Palace for having us and in making the celebration a great success, Hallabolou, The Bulb, Hadaya Baskets, Ella Spa, Layan Emirates, and Racha Hallak Photography for the grand gifts and vouchers. Finally my sincerest wishes go to Ms.Karen Baz whose brilliant designs and ideas make all the event flyers come to life.

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To check all the photos of the event, please go to thehelicoptermommy’s facebook page and cheers to many more years to come…

 

Caviar Tasting – Emirates Palace

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Last Wednesday, I was treated to an ultimate caviar tasting experience that left me marveled with the fulfilling rich buttery taste of caviar. With its customary royal host, the Emirates Palace along with AmStur Caviar cordially received us on a caviar journey inclusive of rare varieties and best pairings.

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Nicholas Narsavidze Partner of AmStur revealed to us some insight into this revered delicacy. To some, caviar may seem intimidating as the fine pearls of caviar can sell for tens of thousands of dollars and scream luxury. However, caviar doesn’t have to be inaccessible as now you have the opportunity to try it yourself.

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I strongly encourage you to join this unique delicacy where you can indulge yourself in Sayad’s Caviar Masterclass on the 20th of October. The Masterclass will be followed by an elegant four-course menu that includes fine caviar accompanied by bubbles and carefully selected grape beverages all for 450 ++ AED. 

I will not overload you with words, so I will let the pictures taken at the event speak for themselves.

 

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For more information or reservations, please call +971 (0) 2 690 7999 or email restaurants@emiratespalace.ae.