Traveling to Lebanon with the kids this summer, was one of the best decisions hubby and I made.

A FAMILY VACATION TO REMEMBER
I haven’t seen my kids have this much fun in a while. They felt right at home immediately and everyday was a brand new adventure.

This trip was really special because we took time out to visit loved ones and the kids got to meet a lot of family members.

They were especially excited to hangout with their numerous cousins who were always happy to take them out. We discovered some really cool spots where they enjoyed swimming, playing games or just running around with their peers.


This is the longest we’ve stayed in Lebanon and I must say every day was worth it.

It’s great to go shopping and buy nice things, but it’s best to make beautiful and long-lasting memories.
XOXO ?

Some of you may know I was in Dubai last week and of course it would’ve been an incomplete trip without my family being there with me. I took the kids to Legoland, the ultimate destination for anyone with children under 12. I had on a Stella McCartney pink primrose dress and my trusty hold-all, the Louis Vuitton Kimono bag.

Family over everything

My little princess wanted a picture of us alone

XOXO ?

When your fellow Mommies realize how much you love kids, then your house becomes the frequent spot for play dates.

This is usually the case at mine, as my kids also love to have their friends around. 

Play dates are a great way to let the kids have fun but it can also be a daunting task if you’re unprepared . 

Here are a few steps I take whenever the kids have their friends coming over.I ensure they have a few activities lined up like watching a movie, taking turns at video games, swimming and outdoor games. 

It’s important to keep the kids occupied as they get restless with little or no activity. 

Food is a very important part of any play date. I ensure we have a variety of meals to cater to all the kids. I also make sure they have snacks in between, as this is a good time for the kids to relax and take a break from other activities. 

Never forget to ask their parents for meal preferences and allergies.

I always preach the dreaded gospel to my kids about sharing with their with friends, and all is well until one kid gets bossy and the other gets possessive. This is usually the time to step in, hear each child out and work out a compromise. Sometimes it’s best to just take away the toy. Thankfully, most kids forget and move on almost immediately.

Finally I make sure the kids are supervised closely, and there is a dedicated staff making sure everything is fine.

I always take advantage of opportunities to let the kids socialize and find themselves. It’s part of the growth process, building friendships and creating memories.

XOXO ?

I  recently attended a Mom’s forum, and it afforded me the opportunity to catch up with my good old friend, Amaka Bension.  Amaka is a keen cook who has always been fond of sharing recipes and weekly menu plans with family and friends on her blog, ‘Maky’s corner’.

I was super excited to receive a copy of her recipe book, ‘Micah’s Meals’.

From Finger food to fruit and vegetable meals, ‘Micah’s Meals’ contains quick and easy recipes for babies, toddlers and beyond.

This gives babies a happy, healthy start in life; allowing them enjoy yummy, healthy, homemade meals, lovingly prepared from the very beginnings. It also aids with transitioning from toddler to adult meals.

It’s been very nice making meals for my little ones, especially my 14-month old with the help of ‘Micah’s meals. I’ve successfully tried out a few of these recipes and my baby loved them…well most of them.

I’d share some of these recipes and some of my own tricks if you would like me to.

The best thing about the book ‘Micah’s meals’, is simply knowing that your baby is being fed with natural, healthy and tasty ingredients.

“Nothing compares to the joy and satisfaction of preparing your own homemade baby food from scratch. Best of all, it is made with love…” Amaka Benson.

XOXO ?

I’m always fascinated at how the the kids of this age grasp modern day technology and are real ‘pros’ on their Ipads. 

While this is a great way to keep my kids occupied and steal some alone time, I try to ensure that playtime on their Ipads is under supervision, and done in moderation.

Nonetheless, ditching the ipad can be daunting, especially at times when KJ pleads with a persuasive hug, and Koko’s smile neutralizes my ‘mean Mommy face’. 

Rather than stay saddled with the guilt of letting the kids play, I decided to download mostly educational games and apps on their Ipads. I just love how they can play and learn at the same time.

What fun games and apps have you tried for your kids? Please share, I’d really love to hear. 

Here’s a list of some of the games my little munchkins enjoy playing.

Endless – Alphabet

Intro to Math

Peek-A-Zoo

Peek-A-Zoo

Press Here App

Press Here App

Wee Alphas Love,  Abi

Wee Alphas Love,  Abi

It is an absolute blessing that I get to travel with my family.  I don’t like to be away from my children for long periods of time, so thankfully, they’ve been with me during my stay in Los Angeles. 

The day after we arrived in L.A. was my first-born’s 5th birthday, and I couldn’t help but treat him to a very special day after so much traveling.  We call him KJ, and KJ wanted to have a fun day at Universal Studios with some of my friends and their children as well.  Certainly, I was going to do everything I could to make him happy. 

KJ became quick friends with the other children, and they all had a an amazing time.  It brought me great joy to see my son having so much fun in celebration of his birthday.  Family is very important to me, and I want to be sure that even though I’m a working mother, they know how much they mean to me.  I am thankful that I can make memorable moments with my children and close friends.  We all shared a special moment with KJ that day, and I know he will be able to look back on this day and smile.  Below is a quick video that recapped our fun day.  Enjoy!

Love, Abi