Do’s and Don’ts for Global Village Dubai with kids this season

We absolutely enjoyed our visit so I thought of writing a few pointers that might help you!

1. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. I almost died watching some mummies in high heels🤦🏻‍♀️.

2. Carry warm jackets- it does get cold later at night.

3. Carry cash with you- ATM’s remain full and it will just waste your time. Most of the stalls don’t have card machine facilities.

4. Avoid standing in ques and purchase tickets online. Kids below 3 are free.

5. I would’nt recommend shopping there as I found almost everything more expensive than the usual. Everything is available at Dragon mart🙈 on lesser prices.

6. Go there and enjoy food and rides! The street stalls having amazing options! Curly chips, churros, Bosnian kebabs, corn – and so much more!

7. Don’t carry too many things for kids along. water and snacks are easily available for regular prices. Stay light as you have to walk alot!

8. Global village starts 4 pm and as it’s fully packed nowadays – reach early to avoid long waiting lines.

9. I’d highly recommend you to pay 50aed for valet parking if you’re with kids- that’s worth spending as you get to park right nearest to the entrance. Life saver! And easy to exit too.

10. It was unfortunate for me to spot a crying lost child that I handed to the security. Please be vigilant! Or put wrist bands with you phone number on kids incase they get lost.

11. Don’t miss the coconut icecream guys! It was so yummy!

12. Pavilion wise- still didn’t get a chance to see all- but Africa is not to be missed!

If you’re visiting UAE- pls don’t miss going to the global village- you need an entire day for it!

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Am I missing anything? What would your list of recommendation be like for others- food to try? Activities? Pavilion?

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You’re not alone..

It’s been days since I had a mental block – you know that feeling when you feel not being able to process your minds or thoughts into words. And each time I sat to wrote, I was blank. Even now when I’m typing, I don’t know what will come out.. but the only thing I know and I want is .. to be able to strike and pen down words that might benefit someone, thoughts that might bring positivity into someone’s life, chanel someone towards the right path or perhaps bring ray of hope to a dull heart. .

What could be best than talking to mothers who are struggling to achive what they thought they might from this ramadan. .

So mummies who wake up early for sahoor to make sure everyone’s meal is cooked on time and you ate too despite a baby clinged to you- you’re not alone.

Mummies who plan beautiful ibadat in mind and heart but each night fall on bed tired and disheartened- you’re not alone- indeen Allah knows your heart and niyat.

Mummies who struggle praying namaz with kids jumping and screaming on them, pulling off your scarf and arms and legs- you’re not alone. Allah is ghafoor indeed.

Mummies who spend their days dropping and picking up kids from school in this heat and handling chores on the wheel round the clock, you’re not alone.

Mummies who clean up the entire mess after iftar despite being super tired, You’re not alone.

Mummies who dearly miss going to masjid for taraweh and qiyam as their kids are small and might trouble them – you’re not alone. .

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Allah is the knower of all, the one who sees and knows what’s in your heart. Never get sad on not being able to do the best of your ibadat- this is a form of ibadat too- the best one. .

As we’re entering the most beautiful last ashra of ramadan, gear up once again to make the most of it. There’s still time and lots of blessings to be plucked and gathered from this beautiful garden of Ramadan❤️

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You’re not alone— this time in Ramadan…. . . It’s been days since I had a mental block – you know that feeling when you feel not being able to process your mind or thoughts into words. And each time I sat to wrote, I was blank. Even now when I’m typing, I don’t know what will come out.. but the only thing I know and I want is .. to be able to strike and pen down words that might benefit someone, thoughts that might bring positivity into someone’s life, chanel someone towards the right path or perhaps bring ray of hope to a dull heart. . What could be best than talking to mothers who are struggling to achive what they thought they might from this ramadan. . So mummies who wake up early for sahoor to make sure everyone’s meal is cooked on time and you ate too despite a baby clinged to you- you’re not alone. – Mummies who plan beautiful ibadat in mind and heart but each night fall on bed tired and disheartened- you’re not alone- indeen Allah knows your heart and niyat. – Mummies who struggle praying namaz with kids jumping and screaming on them, pulling off your scarf and arms and legs- you’re not alone. Allah is ghafoor indeed. – Mummies who spend their days dropping and picking up kids from school in this heat and handling chores on the wheel round the clock, you’re not alone. – Mummies who clean up the entire mess after iftar despite being super tired, You’re not alone. – Mummies who dearly miss going to masjid for taraweh and qiyam as their kids are small and might trouble them – you’re not alone. . . Allah is the knower of all, the one who sees and knows what’s in your heart. Never get sad on not being able to do the best of your ibadat- this is a form of ibadat too- the best one. . As we’re entering the most beautiful last ashra of ramadan, gear up once again to make the most of it. There’s still time and lots of blessings to be plucked and gathered from this beautiful garden of Ramadan❤️ . . #ramadan #motherhood #muslimah #parenting #blessings #islam #muslimkids #candidchildhood .

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Fridays are back

I stopped writing my usual Friday Blog a while ago and I had so many people asking me to start it again. Super happy to see how many of you guys enjoyed my Friday series- hence *drum rolls* they’re back!

Starting with some updates from Mother’s day- Nayel and I enjoyed lovely breakfast at Sophie’s cafe hosted by Real mums Dubai- I specially bought a new dress from ‘Pink woman’ to wear 😛

Next was my Birthday and our wedding anniversary- and we spent a entire day at home cleaning and relaxing. Being parents to a 2 year old- we kept trying for him to sleep or be in a good mood, but sadly nothing helped. So we ended by eating a regular persian kabab and rice in Dubai mall as Nayel loves that🤣

– but something good- I got an Apple watch! *showing off* – say MashAllah atleast 3 Times 😛😛

Friday’s were usual – trip to dada abu house in Sharjah. Relaxed and completed my pending blog posts – also attended a family friend’s baby shower while daddy took care of Nayel.

New House settling is still going on and slow, lots to do! Please write and let me know what would you like to read more from our side.

xx

Pjs all day!

I posted this comforting quote that reflects me and all the mommies a few days back and it connected me to such a cute brand! Three cheers for ‘

‘Peach Blossoms!’

As I write this post, I’m sitting in their cute ‘floral fancy pajamas’ sipping my tea. Yes they have names for all their prints! The material is soft cotton which is a leisure to skin. I’m wearing their small size and the best part, it’s not fitted! There’s a lot of room to breathe and looks stylish at the same time! I like lounge wear to be loose and easy! The stitching is very neat with detailed pipping all around. Oh there’s a cute pocket too! 😍

Peach blossom bring you cozy , fun and comfy/ night-wears and lounge wears with super funky prints and designs.

The label is a niche of comfort! I love brands that have a story behind- a personal one perhaps and thus I’m happy to share with you the thought behind Peach blossom.

The brand says that they came up with the concept out of the frustration! So the woman behind it says:

I personally felt whenever I would be out in the malls looking for comfortable lounge wear for myself, I always felt that I had to compromise between either boring, tacky pajama suits or riské lingerie. And while there are a few limited options from some retailers, the variety is often limited or very price inhibitive.

Peach Blossom is the lounge wear for the fun-loving, cozy tea-drinking, relaxed Friday-morning women aged 18 to 45 who like to look good even on their “Me” days and feel comfortable in what they’ve got on.

Isn’t that great!!

All Peach Blossom products are proudly made here in the U.A.E. They have been online for just a couple of weeks so far with new collections/prints/styles rolling out every couple of weeks.

And guess what! I’m giving my followers a 10%discount too!! So hurry to the site and use the code : frommummytonayel to grab your favorite pajama set !

You can find them on social medias:

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Website: www.wearpeachblossom.com

Enter the giveaway at my instagram too! :

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Go and orders your!

A picture says a thousand words..


I can’t tell you guys how much I’m enjoying my current blog series to feature amazing inspirational mums here in the UAE! So my 3rd one is the very talented ‘Scheherazade Safwan’ – A mum to two year old little girl.

Last week, I met her at the La mer beach- the new beautiful and happening area in Dubai for a small photo shoot. One thing that I learnt about her – she is extremely good with kids and super patient as Nayel made her run after him all over the place! 😝😬 Despite him being a typical toddler, Scheherazade clicked beautiful pictures of him and some for us together too !!



So I interviewed her for you guys to learn more on who she is what she offers.


1. Can you tell us something about yourself?

I’ve always been the creative type and wanted to study architecture, but an ‘istikhara’ sealed my fate and I ended up being an engineer, ha! After graduation, I got interested in DSLRs and photography, and when I got a job I bought my very first camera, a Canon 40D. A couple of years, lots of self-study and loads of bad photos later, I finally felt I was good enough to start my Facebook page and charge money for my photos! It has been an uphill battle since then but mashallah all the hard work is now paying off!

2. Why Photography?

My friend got a DSLR and the quality of photos her camera was taking blew me away (she is an amazing street photographer!). So for me, initially photography meant striving to take good quality photos and learning as much as I could about my camera. Google was great for this but I also took a few classes to round up my knowledge.
I started a 1 object, 365 days project where I had a toy figure, lovingly called ‘The Creep’, lol, and I would take 1 photo of this toy for 365 consecutive days!! It was tough coming up with new ideas every day and I quit after 62 days but it was the best thing ever in terms of learning the rules of photography. I would come home from office, tired, but ready for another chapter in Creep’s life! The storytelling part was fun too.
I decided to start a 52 weeks project on Facebook after that (www.facebook.com/52weeksproject), where I would take 1 photo every week for a whole year, which was definitely much less demanding on my time. This was my first ‘page’ and I loved watching other photographers participate. Ultimately the page grew to 2000+ people and mashallah we are now in our 6th year and going strong!
‘100 Strangers’ was another project that I started way back in 2011. For this, I had to approach random strangers and ask them if I could take their portraits and chitchat with them about their life. This was very interesting for two reasons. One, I was and still am an introvert but the project helped me to be more comfortable in the company of strangers. Two, it showed me the kind of photography I wanted to do and excel at, which was portrait and family.
So I believe what started as a mere hobby, shaped into a freelance career that I thoroughly enjoy because of the projects I took up in my early years!

3. How do you manage your amazing work with home and your daughter?
Oh, that’s easy! I’m able to manage it all because of my incredible husband who never shies away from taking care of our daughter and supports me in every possible way. That’s how it should be and that’s how it is 😀

4. What are some of the packages that you offer?

I am currently taking bookings for all kinds of family shoots including wedding, anniversary, birthday, newborn, maternity, cake smash etc. I also dabble in fashion photography and model portfolio shoots and am open to collaborations with makeup artists, models and designers as well. Clients can contact me directly on call/WhatsApp at +971-553632979.
5.  What message would you like to give to other fellow mums?
I’d say, I know first hand the laziness and apathy a mum can experience after childbirth and how difficult it is to take out time for your interests, and how easy it is to just complain about how you don’t have time to do anything other than raising good, God-fearing children. But there’s lots of time! Let your house be a bit messy occasionally and utilize the free time to pursue something that makes you truly happy. It doesn’t necessarily have to be something that would earn you money. It just has to make you proud of yourself! And of course, a happy mum means she’s not going to be nagging at the kids and the husband all day long…or is she hmmm? Haha!


Thank you so much Scheherzade for such beautiful captures!!

For anyone who is interested to book her- please contact her directly on her number mentioned above . She is super reasonable as compared to many in Dubai! You can also find her on instagram and facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/scheherazadephotoservices/
http://instagram.com/scheherazadephotography
Happy snapping and preserving memories!!

Until next time with another amazing mum!!

❤️