Making the Most of Your Garden

 photo IMG_60741_zpsms1swkw7.jpgPlanting a summer garden? Want bold colours, unique floral arrangements, and something that will truly stand out? These are a few simple tips to really make your garden pop, and draw attention to your outdoor garden area this summer season. Plant for the weather  No matter where you live, make sure you know the flowers will bloom there. Make sure you know the vegetables are going to grow in that region. Make sure you know which plants can withstand the weather in your region. Doing a bit of research allows you to properly plant, grow, and plan out the space, so it looks good and will thrive. Go with colour  Don't simply throw in every colour under the sun however; instead, plan around your decor. Depending on the garden items, furniture, and arrangements you have in place, you can make a truly unique space. Further, you can bring out the bold, and something that is going to stand out in the garden area. Properly plant  This means don't simply stick the plants, trees, and perennials in the ground and hope they'll grow. Instead, do the research. How much water is needed? Can you plant certain plants next to one another?

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Cancelling Husband-sponsored Visa in UAE

 photo 9bdc343d-83e5-4cc2-b8c6-ef07fb54d986_zpsrh1kxoxa.jpgRecently, my husband and I went to General Directory of Residency and Foreign Affairs, Al Manara Branch (near noor bank metro station) to cancel my visa under my husband sponsorship, in order for my company to initiate the processing of my employment visa. GDRFA opens at 7:30 in the morning. Be sure to be there ahead of time so you’ll be first in line. The cancelation process was swift, as long as you have all the requirements needed. Below are the requirements needed to process the cancellation. Passport & Visa page copy of the sponsor Original Passport of the sponsored Emirates ID of the sponsored Copy of application form prepared by Typing agent. Procedure 1. Have your application typed by typing agent nearest you. Tell them you are going to cancel your visa. It costs us 100.00 dirham. They will give you a copy of application form for you to submit to GDRFA. 2. With all the requirements given above, the sponsor should go to the nearest GDRFA to process the cancellation. It is not necessary for the sponsored party to appear in person at the GDRFA. It took us less than 2 hours to process the cancellation, but it depends on

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Kandinsky Art for Kinders

 photo 712AACB1-6BFD-4F9B-AEA0-58DA2EEBC50A_zpsfyefqmce.jpgWe moved to a new place and our boys found new friends, so for this art lesson, which is an extension of our color-wheel lesson, we did it with their new found friends. Using the primary colors, we did our version of Kandinsky Circle. For this activity, we used, white oslo paper, poster colors - red, blue & yellow, & brush paints.The painting begins, by drawing 8 squares. We divided the paper lengthwise, by drawing a horizontal line using color yellow, then drawing 3 vertical lines to achieve 8 squares. Once there are 8 squares, then, the fun begins. The kids then draw circle on all the squares. I instructed them the color to be used in each circle and they followed. I have set a few rules before we start the activity and emphasized that it is important to follow instructions and they were cooperating well. But as we go along, they started mixing colors. My youngest Zian, even end up choosing his own colors. But not a biggie. I just let them explore the colors, It's art after all.  It's fun, then you'll see the result are lovely.  

A Guide on Buying Furniture through a Catalogue

 photo Lovely-furniture-catalogue-In-Home-Design-Ideas-with-furniture-catalogue-Home-Decoration-Ideas_zpsvljrrhcn.jpgBuying furniture through online catalogues is a good way to save. With this in mind, it doesn't always allow you to see the actual items, sit on them, test comfort levels, and test quality. But, you can still find great items, for less, and these are a few ways to go about doing so when buying furniture through catalogue sites. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="488"] Photo from http://msh-home.com/[/caption] Read the terms Not only payment and finance terms, but the quality of items, the condition it is in, what to do if there is damage upon delivery, and so forth. You are doing yourself a disservice by not doing so. Make sure you are fully aware of terms, conditions, and what you are buying into, when financing items. Read the details  Make sure you know what you are getting. Again, is it 100% leather? Is the dining set made of mahogany wood? Is it a full set, or do you have to buy the side tables individually? Knowing what you are buying, as well as what comes with your order, is key to buying and finding the true deals. Know the shipping and financing options  Is shipping free or additional upon delivery?

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Mattel Play Town | A fun town for the little ones

 photo IMG_6600_zpsmavpjt9i.jpgIt’s summer in UAE and the sun can crash your head when you hit outdoor. Our two frisky boys are raring for some outdoor play but, it’s not just possible on a scorching weather. I heard of this new indoor playground at city walk and decided to bring them their instead. They were excited when they found about it, and then they were jumping for joy, the moment we stepped into the Mattel Playtown. Mattel Playtown has 5 different attractions. The kids started out with Thomas and friends soft play. And that is because they are a big fan of this famous tank engine. This area is safe for toddlers, it’s multilevel play area that leads to a giant slide. Its baby proofed so you don’t have to worry about bumps and trips. But, little ones under 4 years old might be too small for the giant slide. There was also the Thomas and Friends 4d theater. Our family really had a good time watching Thomas. It was fantastic, my husband and I enjoyed the chugs and tilting, the splash and the bubbles. Our youngest went in again for the second time. Bob the Builder is where the kids enjoyed it

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Iftar Buffet at Chef’s House

 photo IMG_6516_zpsxkzquuhd.jpgI was tagged along by my husband to an Iftar with his colleagues at Chef's House, Radisson Blu Media City. I am not fasting but with the hype of Iftar Buffet in the city, made me want to indulge my appetite. It was Arabic themed on a Tuesday, and I was a bit thrilled as I was about to take in foods that's definitely new to my taste. Although it's not my first time on an Arabic themed Iftar, I was still not sure if that was the right place to indulge.   We were at the restaurant before the buffet opens. The buffet has various selection but it was not huge at all. The chicken salad looks appealing to me, so I started my meal with few of it and tasted good. And then the main course. I had atleast 3 dish, and among'st the three, the fish tagine stood out. I keep going back for more. The pasta was also good but it was spicy. They also have grilling station, from which they grilled tasty chicken. The ouzi was not really a big hit for me. And then came my favorite part, the dessert. The date cake was

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Into Calligraphy

 photo 328E2EE5-2DCA-4EC3-A973-DA0B6C0913BE_zpsbj7snwvu.jpgRecently, I've been seeing pretty letters made and posted by friends on social media. I admired them for their God given talent, and I was inspired and stirred to practice (again) my lettering skills I used to have way back high school years. And so, I gotten into this new journey that was close to my heart not so long ago - Calligraphy - the art or making pretty letters. There are variety of calligraphy materials and I wanted to start with brush calligraphy using brush pens. Living in Dubai, I didn't know that it was a challenging looking for brush pens. I wanted to get hold of kuretake zig brush pens but it's not available here. Instead I got a faber castell 6 pitt brush pen, I got from Kinukuniya in Dubai Mall. Before I got hold of this, I visited several small stationery shop near my area, but it's not available. I searched online and found out that kinukuniya carry calligraphy materials. They have Koi, Copic & Faber Castell brush pens. Sadly copic black brush pens was out of stock so I went home with colored brush pens from faber castell. Kinukuniya is located in level 2, Dubai

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Fun Painting with Marbles

 photo C87AB2ED-5895-444F-9C28-447F8FE02DA8_zps5ars3xqp.jpgI've seen a fellow homeschooling family done this, and I thought that this would be a fun art activity for my children. So we finally did. Sharing how we had fun with marble painting. The kids were introduced to primary colors, so we used red, blue & yellow poster colors and placed it in a small plastic cup. You will also need white construction or oslo paper, a tray and marbles. These are the materials you will be needing in this activity. Once your materials are ready, then the fun begins. Place the oslo paper on the tray. Dip the marble on the colored cups, make sure to fully cover the marble with colors. Then place it on the tray where the white oslo paper is. And then roll the marbles! It's a bit messy, but surely a fun activity for kids. And the result? A lovely abstract painting! Your kids will also love this. Give it a try and have fun. Enjoy!

Important things to consider when building a home playground

Children often seem to have boundless energy, and a home swingset can be a great way to let them play in their own yard. Swingsets can provide children with a variety of activities, and it is an excellent investment to help them stay occupied, especially in the summer months. If you are considering building a little home playground for your kids, here are some things to consider when it comes to safety and durability. Swingset Materials Swingsets can be built out of a variety of materials, including wood, metal, and plastic. The materials you choose will have a direct impact on how long your swingset will last. While metal and plastic are cheaper options, these playsets will not last as long. Metal will rust quickly in the outdoor environment, while plastic can crack under certain weights. For the highest durability, cedar swingsets, such as those offered at Play N' Learn, are the best option. Wood is the sturdiest material available, and cedar is known for its ability to stand up to the elements outside. Cedar is naturally resistant to rot, decay, and insect damage. Ground Surfaces A swingset can be placed on any flat area in your area, but the

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Zian Turned Four

 photo 49276588-367E-45BC-BFC2-C5A851EAA987_zpsx339rwdn.jpgWe had a simple celebration of our youngest son Zian 4th birthday as he requested. He was asked where he want to celebrate his first birthday in Dubai, and his proud answer was "at home". I think this little man, will soon grow up thrifty. As requested, few close friends came to celebrate with us, and it made our little bubbly boy happy seeing friends around and be part of his day. Our tiny bubbly boy turned four, and he officially became a preschooler, he is an addition to my homeschoolers. Along with this simple celebration, I desire that this little man will grow up loving and honoring God in his life, and that he will excel in the gifting that his creator has poured into him. Happy Birthday Zian! We love you little man!

From My Heart to the Heaven | Sending Greetings

 photo 885684_68498368.jpgI wonder if people in heaven are still blowing candles and singing birthday song. Will our age grow in number? Are we even going to remember the date we said hello to the world? I think nobody knows, until we get there. I’m not even sure if it is written in the Bible. Anyway, back to the real world. Today, my mind wanders as my father, whom have gone to be with Jesus, marks his supposedly 62nd birthday. It is sad celebrating this day without his presence, which we missed. But I don't want to be melancholic because I know that God was never wrong taking him “home”. Though pain sometimes creep in, but I chose to believe that you are in a much better place. So today, I would like to celebrate and remember his life – life was tough for us, but he chose to persevere for us to have a good life. I hope you could see up there that we are living the life that you desired for us to live. Had you not willingly chose to be a good & a loving father to us, my sister and I, would never become what we are

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Bits of Swirls | A Van Gogh Art Activity for Preschoolers

 photo IMG_5376.jpgMy kids giggles once they knew they'll be doing arts. Same thing goes with the group of kids I teach at kids church. They scream in excitement once we're about to do arts activity. Kids just love arts! Recently, I stumbled upon the works of Vincent Van Gogh, to which I was fascinated. The starry night & The Wheat Field with Cypresses were my favorites. And so, inspired by those two, I decided to let the kids do some Van Gogh inspired arts. I love the whirling bright clouds of his Starry Night art, so the kids had worked on swirls in this activity. This is an easy artwork for preschoolers. You only need, acrylic or poster colors, paint brush, fork and construction paper or oslo paper. Here's how to do it: 1. Choose and paint your background, then let it dry. 2. Sketch your artwork idea. (landscape, object etc.) 2. Decide what colors to use. If you are using poster color, try mixing it with glue to thicken. 4. Paint, then use fork or the end of the brush to create patterns. 5. Hang & dry. I love the result, and the creative time with my boys.

A Mother’s Note on Mother’s Day

 photo IMG_5715_zps496kwcse.jpgHonoring the Mother's today. Hooray to the beautiful, courageous & most loving being in the universe! I am truly blessed, that God entrusted me two wonderful bubbly boys who gave me the right to be called Mom - a tough, yet heartening and gratifying role in my existence. I am glad that I took this path. The road may not always be smooth, sure there were bumps along the way and I'm sure there are more, but for the last 5 years, it has been a pleasant and memorable journey. Those bumps, had made me the kind of mom I am today. For that, I will continue the journey as long as I can. I may not be the ideal mom though, but I will always try to give my best shot on mothering my kids. Happy Mother's day to all moms in the world!

Getting Trained on the Newest Technology for Your Company

 photo educational-technology.jpg[caption id="" align="alignright" width="293"] photo from discoversciencemagazine.com[/caption] You may be aware of all of the technological inventions out there on the market today. You may want to use some of these innovations in your own company and in your company's computer systems, but hesitate because you are not the most proficient when it comes to utilizing software and programs like those available now. Rather than let such a technological opportunity pass you by, you may take advantage of these inventions by allowing someone else to train you on how to use them properly. Discovering the Array of Programs and Software on the Market You may not have been aware of the programs and software available to you on the market today. Although you may have a general idea from reading trade literature or talking with your peers in the business world, you might want to know more about each option like Sage 100 support and other programs in-depth. When you go to the website, you can use the links at the top of the site to find out each option's name and what it can do for you and your business. The links provide details that let you know for

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Finding Healthcare Providers Using Online Resources

 photo Healthcare-Education-Industry-Banner-1.jpg[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="423"] photo from www.mattdunne.com[/caption] Ensuring the health of you and your unborn baby requires that you secure the services of a qualified obstetrician and gynecologist. When you wonder what providers in your area are currently taking patients and can offer the level of service you want and need, you can go online to the medical facility's website to search for a provider like a midwife, primary care doctor, or OBGYN in Northwest Houston and elsewhere in the metro area. The website is set up to be easy to use and accessible at all times. You can start your provider search at any time during your early pregnancy. Drop Down Menus and More When you first visit the website, you may notice two drop down menus near the top of the page. The menus include the name of providers in the center and also the specialties available for patients. If you know you want an obstetrician and a gynecologist, you can use the drop down menu for the specialties and select the OBGYN option. This menu will then narrow the search so that you can search for doctors who practice in that specialty. If you know the name

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