MAGICAL “Orange Wheels”

http://www.orangewheels.com

Oh Dear!

I Spent 2 full Hours in a kids playarea and I did not want to leave!

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Did you visit Orange Wheels in Wahda mall, Abu dhabi yet?

It is the most vibrant place to be in!

The play area is stretched in a categorized sections with ease access and inviting ambiance.

“Orange Wheels was created with various FUN ZONES — playgrounds, climbing walls, a toddler village, arts & crafts studio, salon & spa, an organic cafe, gym and small shop — Hooray for play”

It is sectioned into 7 areas:

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Youngsters area or Fortress as my kids like to call it! Long Slides; wide sliding tunnels, 3 mini trans booths (kids adored)

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City most visited places: airplane mock-up; a bus station; a cozy library; a market of fruits and veggies with trolleys; a role playing dress up room…

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Right Across is the “Parents Gem”; a well placed; comfortably seated cafè! YES you can enjoy your coffee, tea, juice, cakes popcorn and More in there! And Oh! Most of these are organic products! GUILT-FREE

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A huge section for Art, handcrafts, coloring, painting, play dough!

A long Stretched hallway; where you’ll find wp-image-1758100790jpg.jpg

A beautiful kids beauty salon

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2 party rooms

A lounge room for staff

Wide Toilets area for Boys and another One for Girls; each area has 6 toilets booths; baby changing tops! TOILETS ARE SPOTLESS!

A wide; big very safe Gym Area for kids to jump; create their own obstacles and enjoy a mini wall climbing, mini trampoline and more…

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The colors and the spotless clean aspect of this MAGICAL play area is very impressive! Really! Impressive!

The stretched out perfectly sectioned distribution of areas makes it smooth and easy to troll and scroll kids Wheels!

Last but not Least!

The STAFF! The reception, party coordinator, marketing director… the Marshals, the Playmates…. What a brilliant, vibrant Staff!

They Love what they do, they are smiley, helpful, cheerful, they get engaged with kids… They call them by their names, they run and jump and play around with them!

The Playmates are kids at heart!

And the Best part is DANCING TIME!

All the Staff get engaged in a Dance routine!

I danced with them myself!

Kids were lined up DANCING to the beats and copying their moves! Lined- UP literally, my kids who are relatively shy to dance and sing in public, actually danced and sang in the high Booths!

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All I could think of is: Wow they even encourage kids self esteem and sociable skills.

Orange Wheels is a big heart Community! Warm welcoming environment and parents Friendly place!

They offer many services starting of the ritual Different birthday packages, to early morning classes and afternoon schedules!

A Must-Visit Gem!

An experience Parents and Kids will definitely enjoy!

Sleepover; is it time?

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Not so long ago,we had our first sleepover experience.

We were not prepared by all means to this experience.

I as a mom, did not prepare my homework properly and that is why i am sharing my thoughts with you.

My son, 7 and a half years old is the eldest of 3 kids. He is an example of matured, independent and self-esteemed child.

We took his decision for granted,when he had asked! We thought he is ready, and perhaps it is time. He asked to sleep at his best friend’s house.

We missed many obvious signs!

Before I list any do’s and Don’t’s; let us walk through a guideline for Sleepovers:

If you are a cautious, protective parent and live by the rules kind of parent (like myself), I propose setting some customized personal Guidelines for sleepovers, i will help suggesting a few:

  • when you open the Sleepover door, and from the night it is successful, you should expect for kids to ask for it more often, therefore:
  • Set some sleepover rules
    • When? (during a long holiday perhaps)
    • where? (only at specified friend’s house)
    • How? (after fulfilling school duties and responsibilities/ keeping good manners  and maintaining house living standards)
    • How often?  ( defining how often the kid is allowed a sleepover)
  • Encourage an open relationship and conversation between You and your child.
  • Remember Sleepover is a parental accessory.
  • There is no developmental necessity for this experience.
  • Grandparents Sleepovers are the Best Ever! (especially with Cousins around)!

That Being said, let’s resume The signs and plans..

First Sleepover Readiness Signs: 

  • Child asks for permission to sleepover.
  • Child has a history of changing beds, sleep places, due to travel, moving,etc…
  • Child has slept over without Parents at least once, at their grandparents house or a close relative/cousin.
  • Child has spent many hours at a friend house, without asking for you or telling you they missed you once you showed up.
  • Child sleeps through the night; they don’t wet the bed anymore, they don’t wake up for water frequently, they don’t have bad dreams.

Making sure all the above points are covered and 100% applicable; you have as a parent to look for deeper signs. The child usually do not understand the concept of a sleepover until the night falls.  We, as parents should prepare the child mentally and emotionally for this experience. Whether it is a first time or not, an open and honest conversation should take place and any signs of worry must be detected.

For example, After asking for permission to sleepover, My son was overly excited and prepared his bag the night before for his sleepover the next day! he had ask us if we can drop him over his friend’s first thing in the morning! He slept on time and tightly!

The next day, he came to my bed in the morning to tell me he had changed his mind, and since it was Daddy’s day off, it was not fair for his dad that he leaves the house and moreover sleep outside the house!

I have mistaken this statement for an anxiety towards the experience rather than believing it is a quite an upfront diplomatic decision.

He did not want to say “I AM NOT READY!”

Nevertheless, I “persuaded” him that it is okay; which leads me to the next step.

Signs of Anxiety:

  • No matter how close is the friend, it is always about your child;s feelings and decision.
  • Ask direct questions, listen carefully to the answers.
  • prepare your child emotionally and physically
    • Pack a letter, a written note.
    • Pack a small teddy bear or any comfort toy, pillow, blanket(or maybe your own scarf).
    • Ask for the day’s details and explain to your child.
  • Reassure your child and make sure he has the choice to come back home at anytime (Pick him up the first time he asks for it; don’t try to make him stay)

Preparation and Convenience:

If this is the first time your child experience a Sleepover, go through this checklist for flexibility:

  • It is better if the friend’s house is close to yours; if there will be a pick-up it wont be a hassle!!
  • DO NOT plan a night out! especially if friend’s house is far!
  • Make sure you read the signs or actually hear the “Please Pick Me Up”  correctly.
  • Do not force your child to stay, it is not related to the house he/she is staying at. it is merely a readiness state of mind!
  • Run a sleepover Trial:  at their grandparents, cousin, pajama night/party at a friend, late pick up of a play date.

Plan A Sleepover Rehearsal:

Role-Playing @ home or Throw him a sleepover party at the comfort of your own house.

  • Hang a paper with sleepover rules/plans
  • pretend that your house is the friend’s house/rules
  • Invite a close friend to sleepover
  • Throw a late night (10 pm) pajama party.
  • ask questions, or announce the itinerary
    • food to be served
    • cartoon/movie to be watched
    •  play-about
    • Announce or ask if there are pets at home
    • Sleep time
    • Next Morning Routine
    • Call home anytime (you can keep a phone with the kid for the night).

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It is imperative to remember that no matter how self-confident a child is, night time is a fraught.  Kids can’t distinguish dreams and reality, hypersensitive kids often daydream of situations and scenarios in a philosophical and argumentative thinking.

As a parent, we should reassure them that we will pick them up when they need to, that this experience is not a test they have to pass. Teaching your kids to take risks is an important act to do, but what is more important is that we always remember that they are Children and It Is OKAY to change their mind without culpability.

No matter how Close the family and the friend your kid’s will sleepover at, remember always, It is Not about them. It is Purely about your child Readiness!

Atelier Blanc, A story told through delicacy, fine taste and exquisite touch!

IT all started 3 years ago when two elegant ladies decided they want to be out there again. Yet, having three kids each of them Maya and Layal who were neighbors and became friends decided to plunge into a very personal business. Layal holds a degree in Graphic design and has over 12 years of experience in design and events organizing. Maya who holds a computer science degree and is experienced in Leadership programs mutates this passion to meet her mommy duties; she has the personal interactive skills that makes you want to create an occasion to have your giveaways and chocolates designed by this talented Duo. Although, they were looking for flexibility in working hours, trying to balance between work life and motherhood,  being your own boss is challenging and self motivating. As Maya states it, it stimulates your imagination in a way you didn’t know dreams do come true.

Thus, the creative designs and personalized giveaways. Atelier Blanc is a couture event creators. Their services varies as follows:

  • Personalized souvenirs, giveaways, goodies bags; they take care of every single detail down to the texture of the ribbon they put or the quality of the sticker they design.
  • Tables settings: If You have a dinner at home, you are planning a surprise baby shower, or throwing a birthday to a 7 years old or 77 years old, their refined taste got you covered. You can close your eyes and count on them, or you can open them wide and be involved, your personal choice is appreciated and attended. Atelier BLANC provide Candy tables at hospitals for new born and new mommas.
  • Baptism; first communion; newly wed; soft openings; Big weddings: Atelier Blanc takes part or takes over; your choice. 
  • Corporate? No problem; their experience in corporate needs make them the perfect tailor! 

    What makes their designs so unique?

    Being picky and perfectionist women they are; the Ladies behind Atelier blanc always take it a step further into the research! Following the trends of the season or creating themselves the Trend, they are always unique and custom made. Their products are one of kind in uniqueness; they never make the same item or copy themselves; they have the ability; creation, imagination and refined taste to customise,personalise, embody the customer vision within a  budget. 

    Therefore; whether your budget is limited or open; be sure your request is attended to carefully. 

    I personally call them sweet Therapist! 

    You have to meet with them to understand what I am talking about! 

    Everything is tailored and catered to the taste of the client. During the meeting; they listen carefully and interestingly to the client feelings and State of mind; trying to translate their needs into a unique product and one of a kind prodoctum. 

    As of the initiation of the meeting; research is a key feature in creativity, atelier blanc then put together an overall idea of what will the “vision” look like. At their Atelier; the immaculate stitches of colors and materials are merged; while on the run chasing for proper and adequate products to match the ideas proposed. 

    The chocolate they use is fine Belgian chocolate. Tasted and retasted; they always welcome clients feedback and customers different taste buds. 

    Atelier Blanc is a story of success engraving its name on the Walk of fame. 

    Batoul Arbid

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