Tuesday, March 26, 2019


What an amazing month March turned out to be, we celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary for an entire week, starting of at Le Meridien Al Aqah and finishing at Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa, with a trip to Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Emirates Golf Club inbetween!!  The weather has finally broken and we are experiencing a rise in temperatures, it's no secret I prefer the hotter months over the cooler ones. It's Easter this month, so I hope the Easter Bunny is really kind to you all. Have a fabulous month wherever are you are.


In July 2006 a relatively unknown Software Engineer, Jack Dorsey, launched the online social networking site Twitter.  I didn't join the on line phenomenen until April 2009, and admittedly it took me a few months to get to grips with it. Now I wouldn't be without it.  Read more...


The lovely team over at DMG Events, in association with Pipeline Magazine, have very kindly given me two tickets for the Oil Barons Charity Ball which is taking place at Meydan on Friday 18th of November.

I have written about this event previously as I have a vested interest in it being a success due to the charity; Friends of Cancer Patients, who became the official Charity Partner of the Oil Barons Charity Ball in 2008.  To date this collaboration has raised 1,247,385.00 AED.  Websites don't run themselves and sadly my partner in web based crime has lost both her Brother and her Mother to cancer in the last year. I don't think there is anyone in the World who hasn't been touched by this horrific disease.

This year to celebrate in real style, under the stars at the amazing venue of Meydan Racecourse the Oil Barons Ball is going for it's ultimate challenge, to raise 1 Million AED for Friends of Cancer Patients. It will be a night to remember for all of those who attend.   The theme for the evening is *Everyone needs Someone* and a Blues Brothers Tribute Band, "let the good times roll", featuring Aretha Franklin and James Brown tributes is being flown in for the occasion.

I have a pair of tickets for the Charity Ball which includes all your food, drinks and entertainment, the face value for these tickets is 350 USD each.  All you have to do to be in with a chance to win this pair of tickets is Read more...

As readers will know I have a seven year old daughter so I am well aware of the cost of bring up a child. It is expensive to provide children with everything they need, let alone what they want, these days, but I have recently found out just how much her education is likely to cost once she finishes her main schooling. And the numbers are shocking!

If Mitten went to university in the UK she would be charged as an overseas student and even now the cost could be as much as £18,000 (AED 100,000) a year. To study medicine is even more costly so I do hope she doesn’t want to become a doctor or a dentist. Her curren ambition in life is be a Nurse. And then on top there is the cost of renting somewhere to live, books, food, transport etc.  If it’s pricey now, what will it be in 10 years time?

The numbers are quite scary and still it isn’t cheap if she studied in the UAE. I am told that the best colleges in America can easily be more than twice that cost, but people know this and start ‘college funds’ when their children are young.

I know that education is really important and gives a lot of choices, but I wasn’t fully aware of just how expensive it could be for older children. I am glad we have found out as we are lucky in having plenty of time to plan for Mitten’s future. We are saving now and intend to have enough to pay for what she wants to do in 10 years time without bankrupting ourselves then.

I was given information of these costs and what to do about it by my friend Keren Bobker who is an experienced Independent Financial Adviser. She has just posted details about this and of a cost effective plan on her financial blog, so I urge you to take a look and speak to her about how you can also plan for your children’s futures. She’s totally ethical and gives good, honest advice.


And if Mitten doesn’t want to go to university, then I’ll have a big pot of money to spend on myself, so everyone wins!  After discussing this subject with Mitten she said that if she does want to go to University she will get Aunty Keren to pay for it, clever kid eh!

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Help Pastiche and Lovelinks to raise funds for Breast Cancer month!

Remember Breast Cancer doesn't just happen to older women. Breast cancer affects women of all ages, so being breast aware is very important to all women.

This is a special way to honour the memory of a loved-one, or recognise the struggle a loved one may be going through right now and so importantly fund vital research into the prevention, detection and treatment of breast cancer.

'Shop Pink' with Pastiche and we will donate 100% of our stunning sterling silver and pink enamel Pastiche pink ribbon charm to the Breast Cancer foundation!

The cost for these beautiful charms and charm necklaces are as follows: Pink ribbon charm: 150 AED (100% going to charity), with the 75 cm necklace in sterling silver - 210 AED (plain silver), or 295 AED (with cubic zirconia) 20% of this cost will also go to the charity!

These beautiful necklaces can of course be used in the future for our range of Pastiche charms see  http://www.pastiche.com.au/collections/charms/

Please contact Juliette for orders but be quick before stocks run out!

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(I have ordered one)



Last week I was invited to a Tea Party in honour of a new e-commerce website that has now launched in the UAE.  What was so nice about this event was that it wasn't a press conference but more of an informal get together of Mums who were given a preview of the site, and were able to meet the owner and share their thoughts about Mumzworld.

Firstly I must thank Mona and the rest of the team at Mumzworld for putting together such an interesting morning.

Mumzworld is basically an on-line shop which targets Mums and Children.  They have literally 100's of brands to choose from, easy payment methods, free delivery on orders over 200 dhs, and a risk free returns service.  They currently have over 18,000 products to choose from.

BUT, the best thing about Mumzworld is that you can set up a gift registry list, of things your children like, you can even let the children do it themselves and then your family members can access this list from anywhere in the world, order on line, pay on-line and then have the gifts delivered to your door!! This is something that has been missing in the UAE and I think Mumzworld will find that their site will be a huge success.

What you waiting for! register with them now via this link.

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A few weeks ago I was invited to an Art Exhibition at the Mojo Gallery, sadly I wasn't able to make it but I was however very flattered to have received an invitation to such a prestigous event.   I like art, but I would never class myself as an officiado in such things, for me it is a straight forward case of see something I like, then buy.  My house has an array of cat related prints (no surprises there), as well as the usual cheaper stuff that you acquire in the likes of Ikea.

I did manage to see the Exhibition at Mojo Gallery, Read more...

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