Earth Hour At The Ritz, Enjoying A Blind Dinner In The Dark Hour_Ritz Carlton

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

Anne Frank


Enjoying a blind dinner on the beach is what initially attracted my attention, closely followed by the intrigue of a secret menu prepared with energy saving methods and organic ingredients. A table for two under the stars, listening to the sound of the ocean, really does sound like the perfect way to spend Earth Hour right?

Such a shame Mother Nature had other ideas – or was it… Read more »

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Local UAE School Shares How To Hold a Successful Beach Clean Up International School Beach Clean Up

“Do Something Now.

If not you, who? If not here, where? If not now, when?”

— Theodore Roosevelt —


When a school community realise the tide is constantly delivering a large quantity of plastic pollution to their end of the ocean channel they organise not just one, but two successful Beach Clean Ups. Their primary focus being to remove the offending waste before it re-enters the ocean current and, by doing so, leave behind a clean and considerably safer environment for their children to ‘Play By The Bay’. Read more »

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A Fun Family Experience Not To Be Missed When Visiting Dubai Creek

“A ship in the harbour is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.”

John Shedd


Friday, the first day of the weekend here in the UAE and the perfect opportunity to explore Dubai Creek and the area affectionately known as Old Dubai. Spending our downtime on the water, while experiencing a new-to-us pocket of this intriguing city, might be just what the Dr ordered.

It is hard to pinpoint whether it was the comfortable rays of the sun warming our backs, or the gentle rocking of the boat which was sending us into a blissfully calm and meditative state. Seagulls were pleasantly singing overhead and we could just make out the haunting call to prayer, drifting out from nearby minarets. Read more »

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Mindful Purchasing Made Easy: Interview With The Green Hub

conversationswithmysister_The Green Hub_Kira Simpson

  “I know some of you may be confused with the “eco” lingo, but remember this: there is no one-size-fits-all green lifestyle. It’s all about progress, not perfection”.

Kira Simpson: The Green Hub


Imagine discovering a central place that connects conscientious consumers to ethical, fair-trade companies and gifted artisans. A marketplace which provides convenient, affordable and fun access to a world of lovingly and uniquely crafted homewares, fashion, health and beauty products. Read more »

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Thrills & Spills In Val Thorens: Family Christmas In The Snow

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“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.”

Stephen Covey

Let’s talk snow, picturesque views, cosy French Chalets (complete with your very own Host) and a ‘White’ Family Christmas in Val Thorens. A ski resort nestled within the award winning 3 Vallee’s and proudly situated at 2300m – the tallest in Europe. Pull on your boots and click into your board, the mountains are covered in glistening ‘pow pow’ and the piste is well and truly calling! Read more »

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Packing List – For An Active Family Holiday in the Snow

Packing List - For An Active Family Holiday In The Snow

“He who would travel happily must travel light.” 

Antoine de St. Exupery


Gone are the days of laying everything out on the bed you would like to pack, then halving it. Here is a guide to help you save time by only gathering what you really need, right from the beginning.

In this post you will find the items we packed for our recent snow holiday to the French Alps. As our intention is always to travel with the least amount of luggage as we can get away with, the adults share one suitcase and our two children share the other. We had one extra suitcase for this trip as we travelled during the Festive Season and, considering our children are still quite young, we had a few extra items to transport there and back! Read more »

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