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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Reflections…

​Can’t believe that in a few days we will be bidding 2016 good bye and welcoming 2017.

How fast is time flying?! But then again what is time!? That illusion which man has created in order to organize life, work, events, and record history.
We find ourselves dragged by it, controlled with it, and even reassured within it.
Being the very punctual person that I am, time sometimes becomes my biggest enemy. I find myself juggling amongst my family, my work, and of course blogging.  I see myself that helicopter hovering around many errands, duties, and obligations. That helicopter with its propellers spiraling round and round in such a speed, yet making the best out of the time limit given. However, the good part of being that helicopter is the advantage of having the ability to stop in midair, take a breath, and reflect. I could observe my children, people, humans, actions, reality, life, and simply enjoy the present moment – forgetting about all those limits… those numbers.

In fact, I have never been a fan of numbers or dates. Still, I find myself attracted to the mystery they carry and the fact how ironically our lives roam around them. At that moment reality hits, and I realize that the only substantial time is what I have now. It is then that I come to digest the fact that the most meaningful struggle a person faces is actually Being in every single minute of life.
So for 2017, I wish you all my dear readers and awesome followers a limitless year  with all the meanings this word carries….

What are your reflections for 2017?

Gift Ideas for Moms this Christmas

Ten days until Christmas and you are struggling to find the perfect gift for your mommy? Then I would like to share with you some of the ideas which I think will make her feel special and spoilt by her loved ones! Making sure that she needs a certain item or knowing her favorite hobby, will definitely make your search easier. However, the following ideas might give your gift a new differentiated feel.

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Personalized gifts:

Honestly any personalized gift is a treat for me… This can include anything I need such as personalized mugs, bathrobes, planners and the list goes on. There are plenty of websites out there that offer this service with my favorite being etsy.com!

Books:

If you have been following me for a while, you would know that I am such a bookworm. Therefore, I always welcome such gifts with open arms. Make sure you know the genre of books your own mother prefers or discretely ask her for her list of books she aims to read (all bookworms have a list 😊)

Photo album:

I also enjoy looking at pictures of our family trips and reminding myself of the memorable events that happened. Why don’t you collect your cherished pictures with your mom? Explain what is so special about them and the nice memory you have of her on that day in a short paragraph next to each? I’m sure this will bring happy tears to her eyes.

Massage:

No matter how much help your mom gets, I think we all could use a full body massage. If she can’t leave the house for any reason, find a home massage service.

Glam day:

Why don’t you book her a day at the spa (or a couple of hours if mama has small ones at home) for some mani-pedi and maybe a facial. This will make her feel rejuvenated, and reminds her of that time where she was only taking care of herself before kids.

During this joyful season, let’s make sure our mothers receive meaningful gifts that remind them how loved and appreciated they are by their family members. All mothers deserve to be happy and merry during this sparkling time of year.

Now tell me, what was the most memorable gift your children got you?

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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.

Motherhood 

You suffer a lot of pain yet you embrace it with a smile,

You conquer defeat yet you hold your head up high.

You sacrifice your youth yet you are more than content,

You spend all night awake yet you find pleasure in it in the end.

But the marvelous thing about you is the ability to forget;

The pain, the labor, the tears, and the defeat,

While you joyfully embrace and shield significant memories of your most cherished  ones.

Then they grow and your worries increase,

Your anxieties inflate, swelling painfully in your chest,

Your dreams get shattered, 

And you wonder if you are doing it right!

Motherhood, you drive me crazy.

You make high,

You make me low.

You hit me hard,

Then you caress me ever so gently

Stroking into my hair, 

Giving me sweet attention and endless care.

Motherhood, you twist me and turn me around

You harshly crush my hopes, then pin me arrogantly to the ground.

Motherhood, you ignite in me flames of happiness and distress.

You teach me about love and forgiveness presented in a neat mess.

You unveil truths I dare not face,

You make me experience a sweet torture I never even thought I could bear…

And yet you have blessed me with the miracle of being that mom…

A mom with unlimited ardency, 

A mom with a strong will to move on,

A mom whose force and power could move mountians,

A mom who does a lot of mishaps and mistakes as she fights against fatigue and distress,

A mom whose responsibility sometimes exceeds her limits, yet she insists on reaching that far realm.

Motherhood, thank you for all this unique beauty, the incomprehensible pain, the bewitching sorrow, and the fascinating delight you bring along this journey…

May we do it right!

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!

 

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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