The Desert

Today’s post is not like any other post, and soon you will know why. I was looking forward to describing my feelings towards an experience which would take me back to the early years of my childhood, back in Arabia where I was born. Back to the desert which carries a unique daunting beauty in my heart. While some might see it as an empty boiling oven which could swipe someones’s existence in a few seconds, I personally, find its golden colors – especially at dusk – create a fantastical piece of art deciphering a land which is flat and barren with brownish orange sand merging into the purple navy blue skies!

In the Hussant family, our children are referred to as “les enfants du desert” by their cousins who live in France. Knowing this, a child of the desert cannot but admire its charm and oneness.

Moreover, I know that one day they will look back at those memories with nostalgia and sentimentally remember all the joy they have attained when we once lived in beautiful Abu Dhabi.

Last weekend, we planned on having a BBQ with our friends somewhere in the desert. However, with little Miss D’s sickness, I had to stay with her while the boys went with their dad and enjoyed their time on the warm soft dunes.

Since I usually discuss the topics which I write with my children, one of them got excited and suggested that he records down his experience about this trip. He wanted to describe his feelings and to highlight the importance as to why children should explore nature. What an amazing learning opportunity he has provided me with! I could not but proudly concede to his request! And this is what he wrote;

“The desert is known for being amongst the special places on Planet Earth which has its own mysterious secrets. Last Friday, my brothers, my dad, and I went to the desert with a few friends to spend the afternoon and have a BBQ. My sister D was sick, so mum had to stay with her! Anyway, it took us around an hour and twenty minutes before finally arriving to this beautiful place which was located in the middle of nowhere.

The reasons why I love going to places like that are the following:

  • In the desert, you feel free, and completely detached from the big stressful city that I get tired of after a certain moment. Moreover, such trips are exceptional as they allow me to explore the sensations of nature away from the brick houses, glass towers, cars, and pollution.
  • As an adventurous child, it makes me feel as if I am on a quest to find treasures. Actually, we dug a hole and found some crystals! Later when it started to get dark, we built our own fire and roasted some tasty marshmallows!
  • Out there, you can do whatever you want. We played football, Frisbee, and badminton. We even flew kites! I liked the feeling of having the wind blow on my face. Finally, sliding down and climbing up the dunes was awesome.
  • At the end of the day, I wished I could stay there for the rest of the weekend. I had sand in my hair and in my pants. I was very dirty but felt very happy as well.

I recommend such outings to everyone, even those who think that desert outings are tiring.”

Ramy Hussant

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A special thank you goes to the dear friends who have taken those lovely pictures.

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Review: Morning Coffee with Forever Living

Our coffee morning at Leopold’s Nation Tower, was filled with a boisterous group of amazing women living in Abu Dhabi. We started off with a detailed presentation by Katy Holmes who came all the way from Dubai to inform us about the wonderful Forever Living Products, and talk about a possible business opportunity to such a unique group of supportive ladies.

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We, then, enjoyed a rich breakfast composed of eggs, croissants, and cheese along with fruit yogurt and of course coffee.

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As usual, and thanks to the raffle draw, many ladies were showered with beautiful gifts from Healthy Home Me, Zumba Lena, Ghanem Salon, Mama’s Garden, and Hunter Foods. Finally, each lady left with a mini-chocolate box from Patchi, a helicoptermommy mug from Layan Emirates, and a bag of Himalaya pink salt chips from Hunter Foods. Those pinks bags were specifically designed to support the Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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I would like to take the opportunity and thank each and every single one of you for your endless support and continuous enthusiasm. I was also very pleased to have met new people, and I am grateful for all the learning opportunities I am receiving through you and through my blogging experience.

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Head over to my Facebook page to see the rest of the pictures, and tag your friends to know all about our productive morning.

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Love to all!

Our Family Getaway; Tyre

Our family getaway in Tyre has left us with remarkable memories and learning experiences that were attained with pleasure. For our stay, we booked at the Al Yasmine Guest House and spent a lovely time there.

Al Yasmine Guest House: http://www.alyasmineguesthouse.com

We were sincerely touched with the warm welcome the staff provided us with. All five of our children felt free to explore the area, play around, and learn about certain animal behaviors. The whole setting of the resort takes you into a Mexican village where as a guest you are treated with generosity and hospitality.

As parents, we were longing for this tranquility and natural silence where the only sounds we could hear were the quacking of ducks, chirping of birds, and rustling of leaves. The greenery around with delicate colorful begonvillia plants scattered gracefully adds a heavenly lush to the whole scene.

The guest house offers many sportive activities that make a child and an adult enjoy their time together. There is a small playground for little children, a mini-golf, a tennis court, a ping pong table, a basketball hoop, a pool table, babyfoot, two pools, a double seat bicycle, and some horses. The twins were delighted as they fed the cute reindeers caressing them at any given opportunity. Finally, the most enjoyable activity for them was rowing the boat in the lake along the ducks and swans.

The Rooms:

We enjoyed an evening with the owner of the house who told us how, together with her husband, they have designed the rooms and the whole area to receive their children’s friends during the weekend and enjoy their stay together far from the hussle and bustle of the city Beirut. She even made sure not to include any Wi-Fi connection or TV service so one can really disconnect and profit from the peacefulness the House bestows.

On one side of the main house a number of rooms with ravishing mexican interiors are now accessible to the guests and our rooms were of no different. The cleanliness and honesty with which the employers work with are also remarkable. Little D lost her golden bracelet, and I was baffled when the housekeeper found it for us.

The food:

Al Yasmine Guest House offers a selection of a tasty and healthy Lebanese breakfast. In the evening guests have the choice to choose from the menu or have a delicious BBQ along with a selection of appetizing mezzah like fatoush, baked eggplants, spicy potatoes, and mutabal to name a few of my favorite.

Old Tyre:

Since I always aim at educating our children and have them attain general knowledge, we always make sure that we make any trip a learning opportunity. With this intention, we headed to the Necropolis El Bass in Tyre where we told them all about the rich history Lebanon has endured. From the Byzantium Era to the Romanian Vestiges, we walked along its colonaded road passing through whatever was left from those great dynasties.

We continued walking until we reached the huge impressive Hippodrome that used to seat 20000 spectators who gathered to watch the death-defying sport of chariot racing! Standing at the top of the steps, I felt I could hear their loud cheers and boisterous zest, but as I looked around reality hit me sharply knowing that such treasures are not taken care of. It is a shame to have such history stand alone, still with pride, but with a few who really appreciate it.

Along the road, and as we drove through the vast fields of fruit bearing trees, we pointed out to the children the different types that grew on the coast. It is a pleasure to see how even the twins could locate a banana tree and the boys identify the avocado tree!

As a mother, I always long to plan such trips with my family and I care about them learning something new out of it. Pushing them into appreciating nature, history, and be able to spend quality time together are challenging these days, so when it is done with fun, it lives in their memories forever.

I am glad that we have chosen the Al Yasmine Guest House as our relaxing getaway and would like to thank all the staff members again for making us feel that we were at home!

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Review; Morning Breakfast

Our tantalizing morning breakfast at the Corniche Millennium Hotel was characterized by acquiring new concepts, and helped in directing us into following a healthier lifestyle.  In addition to the rich and mouth-watering buffet,  Mrs.  Fayyad exhibited a wonderful display of handmade jewelry which caught everyone’s attention and interest.  It was such a stimulating morning!

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For the first presentation, we had a detailed explanation about teeth hygiene, where Dr.  Alghabra insisted on how sometimes simple methods help protect the teeth and keep them healthy. For example, in order to have a natural mouth wash, gurgling with salt and water is still considered to be the best.

We then practiced ten minutes of relaxing yoga moves, with Ms. Graham, which left us feeling calm, serene, and peaceful. Yoga is known to have its peculiar healing power on our bodies and minds. One of the best aspects about it, is the mere fact that it makes you feel blissful. What else would one ask for in addition to being healthy?

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We ended our breakfast with Synergy and Ms. Zarjafar who beautifully talked about her own personal experience and how she decided to use cruelty free and organic beauty products. According to her, we have one face and the skin is our largest organ. That is why we need to treat them gently. Thanks to AdonicaKube, such items can be easily purchased online and delivered at your door step!

Finally, our guests received lots of wonderful gifts and vouchers from Beautology Salon, Hala Rewards, Layan Emirates, AdonicaKube, and Creative Dental Center.  Last but not least, I would like to take the opportunity and thank Ms. Nevine Albert, Director of public relations and marketing at the hotel, who showered us with her unique hospitality and warmth.

Looking forward to having you all again in more events in the coming year of 2017!

Head over to thehelicoptermomy’s facbook page for more pictures.

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Review; My Gingerbread House

Our challenging Gingerbread Decoration was filled with children’s laughter, sticky messy hands, and a boisterous group of talented moms.

The children first had to write a letter to Santa describing their behaviour this year and then asking for their gift.

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Soon enough, they started constructing their mouth-watering gingerbread houses that were freshly baked and brought in by C-bon Sweets. Each child had a separate box with all the items needed, as they tried to assemble the house together.

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Some had difficulty in doing so, but a child’s imagination is limitless and they simply made up their own houses, improvising on their own a new design. Aren’t kids amazingly smart?

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Others, on the other hand, succeeded in assembling pretty gingerbread houses and we had two cute winners who both received lovely gifts.

 

We ended the event by posing for a group picture and a raffle draw for one lucky mummy who received a beautiful chocolate box from Patchi.

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Again, I would like to take the opportunity to thank you all for joining us today. You all did a wonderful job, and I appreciate your continuous support.

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Thank you C-BON Sweets for those delicious gingerbread houses, Hacker Kitchens for having us and providing the children and their moms with vouchers, presents, and goody bags, Layane Emirates for always contributing in those beautiful gift items, and Patchi for the raffle prize.

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Until we meet again I wish you all a marvellous and jolly Christmas.

NB: All the pictures of the event will be posted on the helicopermommy’s Facebook page.

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.