20th Edition "Bahrain Mums Guide"

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20th edition




February 2019







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BAHRAIN MUMS GUIDE February 2019 Edition 20

We are excited to release the first Bahrain Mums Guide of 2019! The newest edition of our magazine celebrates a strong start to another year of laughter, challenges, love, and family. We are focused on encouraging a much more creative and healthier life for all our audience and for the rest of our community.. We will be featuring new and fun places, tasty recipes , mums recommendations, healthy lifestyle tips , and articles which have been mostly submitted through our social media platforms. As per every edition, we have included a new set informative articles from the experts regarding aromatherapy for pregnancy, articulation development, travelling with kids, benefits of physical activity to children, and more! Bahrain Mums Guide is a free magazine published thrice per year and circulated to schools, play centres, kindergartens, nurseries, retail shops, and popular family locations in Bahrain. Our magazine is also available online at www.issuu.com/mumsinbahrain so be sure to share them with your friends in need! Mums in Bahrain would also like to thank our loving sponsor, Royal Bahrain Hospital for their continued support in sponsoring our MIB magazine. We would love to hear your thoughts about this edition! If you have any comments, suggestions, recommendations, recipes, and other ideas that you would like to share with us, please feel free to send them on our email at mib@mumsinbahrain.net.

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Understand general children’s articulation development.

essential oils good for your pregnancy? Find out here!








WHAT’S ON: New exciting places and local events of 2019.


STUDIO CERAMICS: A modern tranquil pottery painting studio.



HOW TO INTERPRET KIDS’ DRAWINGS: An in-depth analysis of a child’s drawing by Sofia De Castro - psychologist.


TEDDY BEAR HOSPITAL: Bahrain’s first initiative to reduce childhood anxiety from hospitals and doctors.


TRAVELLING WITH KIDS: A growing trend of travelling with children.


CHECK THIS OUT: Our top picks for shops with natural, fresh, and organic products.


KIDS HEALTH: The importance of physical activity to children.


PREGNANCY & FITNESS: Essential excercise to establish a pregnancy workout plan.



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Oasis Mall, Juffair


The first kids’ movie theatre in Bahrain. There is an activity centre where kids can play under supervision of professional nannies. Soft play is also available for kids ages 8 months to 4 years. Open daily from 10 am to 10 pm. Instagram: @cinekidsbh

Al Nakheel Center Mini Me conducts creative, original, and highly interactive activities for babies ages 0 - 36 months. They have baby sensory classes, messy play activities, music sessions and more! They also offer a private calming sensory room using sensory toys and activities. For more information, call 33761301. Instagram: @minime_bahrain


SLEEPEE TEEPEE A sleepover party hire company. They do party bags, giveaways and Teepee purchase as well. Other services include delivery, set up, decorations, fairy lights and bunting. All their linens are professionally laundered each party. For more information, call 36439697. FEBRUARY 2019 || www.mumsinbahrain.net


Toys R Us has been a standard for families when it comes to the most popular toy stores not only in Bahrain but around the world as well. Toys R Us has been a favourite destination for kids and grown-ups alike with its impressive assortment of the latest and hottest games, educational and developmental toys, sporting goods, electronics, software and baby products.


BEL CANTO VOCAL LESSONS Janabiya Bel Canto provides vocal lessons with individual programs for all students from ages 6 years onwards. One on one lessons, improvement of mixed low and high ranges, breathing techniques, vocal care, tips on how to audition, and more! Taught by a professional singer, musician, and vocal coach with a wealth of experience. For more information, call 36928887. Instagram: @belcanto_singing


Launched in early March of 2018, Laser Tag is an adventure tag game that is played with guns which fire infrared beams. It is definitely one of the most unique and fun activities for children in Bahrain. For more information, call 1700 0037


A warm and cosy yoga studio with an Indian touch located in Juffair that offers various styles of yoga classes including kids yoga and meditation. Yoga classes include Iyengar Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Power Yoga, and Yin Yoga. For more information, call 34580018. Instagram: @yogaunionme



Puddle Ducks opens its doors for kids activities including cooking, art & craft, yoga and more! Private swim classes for toddlers and Arabic classes are also available. For more information, call 36099969. Instagram: @puddleducksbh


FIRMA FLOWERS & CAFE Riffa Bukuwarah

Started as a flower shop in 2016 and expanded to a cafe in 2018. Firma is the only spot in the Kingdom of Bahrain where you can smell the flowers and freshly grounded Italian Coffee at the same time. Firma services include flower arrangements, chocolate arrangements, coffee, giveaways, and Belgian chocolate coated strawberries. For more information, call 17490500. Instagram: @firma. cafe, @firmaflowers

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Cultural Hall A Production by Bahrain Ballet Centre that showcases local talents of Bahrain as they perform your favourite Disney tunes through the ages! Tickets are available at Bahrain Ballet Centre and PLAY Bahrain. Regular ticket price is BD6 while VIP tickets are for BD10. For more information, call 17693232, 33719180. Instagram: @bahrainballetcentre

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The annual food festival will be making its return this year and it will be held at The Avenues grounds. The festival will be celebrating the finest food in the region which highlights a range of cuisines illustrating the diversity of Bahrain’s food sector. It will offer visitors the quality driven and unique repertoire of international and cultural cuisine along with a schedule of live entertainment suitable for the whole family. Activities will include a live cooking session, magic shows, and more!


Nakheel Center

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Alareen Lions Club in collaboration with Nakheel Center will be hosting their second Charity Bazaar on February 1 and February 2, from 11:00 am till 11:00 pm. All proceeds will be allocated to people in need. For more information, call 33131500 or 39915299. Instagram: @alareen_lions_club


The biggest pop culture convention is back in Bahrain for a family weekend event full of activities, celebrities, and many surprises! From Hollywood movie studios to international gaming companies, Bahrain Comic Con will be jam packed with content that will excite attendees from all around the world. All details of celebrity guests, competitions, tournaments and vendors will be able on their Instagram account. Instagram: @bahraincomiccon FEBRUARY 2019 || www.mumsinbahrain.net


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AN EARLY OFFER FOR THE COMMUNITY Oliveto Restaurant & Lounge To start this year off, the Mums in Bahrain community will receive a 15% discount on total food bill when dining at Oliveto. Just mention that you would like to receive the Mums in Bahrain discount to enjoy this offer! Oliveto serves authentic and delicious Italian cuisine prepared by their executive chef, Valter Piergiovanni. With its stunning venue and an impressive decor, the guests can expect nothing less of a great time. To reserve a table, please contact 17716747.

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Cico’s Italian Restaurant has a promotion for all Mums in Bahrain followers on Fridays. There is a complimentary kid’s meal for every main course ordered. In this complimentary meal, there will be options between 2 starters, 2 main courses and one dessert. www.cicosrestaurant.com

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Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention & Spa Gather your girl squad and head to Gulf Hotel. Enjoy a 50% discount for all restaurants, lounges and spas (excluding Rasoi by Vineet) every Tuesday! Meanwhile, ladies can indulge in a special set menu at Rasoi by Vineet during Ladies Nights at the hotel.


17th February

The workshop will include exercises that can keep you active while sitting down, resulting to an improved spine supple and an improved overall health. It will also cover various Pilates exercises on the mat that are great compliments to any fitness routine. This workshop is the perfect balance of strength and stretch that will challenge your body and your mind. Follow them: www.instagram.com/pycbh

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Galleria Mall

Bahrain’s first indoor Active Entertainment Centre. A venue for all ages to exp erience fun and challenging activities in a safe and cared environment. Activities include High Rop e Course, Low Rope Course, Caving, Kids Soft Play Area, and Wall Climbing. For more informa tion, call 35114242.

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AT 18 MONTHS PARENTS UNDERSTAND ONLY ABOUT 25% OF THEIR OWN CHILD’S SPEECH. AT 24 MONTHS. THIS INCREASES TO 50 – 75% INTELLIGIBILITY IS USUALLY AT 75-100% BY THE CHILD’S THIRD BIRTHDAY. BY FOUR YEARS OF AGE CHILDREN SHOULD BE 100% INTELLIGIBLE TO PARENTS AND UNFAMILIAR LISTENERS. WHAT IS THE ARTICULATION? Articulation is the ability to physically coordinate the tongue, lips, teeth and jaw to produce sequences of speech sounds, which make up words and sentences.

WHAT ARE THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF TALKING? Attention: your child should be able to actively

attend, listen and engage in an adult-led speech sound activity, long enough to be able to under-


stand and process the information.

Articulation is important to be able to produce

and hear the differences between sounds.

Hearing: in order to detect speech sounds, identify

sounds, words and sentences which are clear and can be easily understood and interpreted


by others in order to be able to express basic

ear infections, ‘glue ear’ or colds, this may block

needs and wants, right through to being able to

the ears resulting in fluctuating hearing levels

engage in complex conversations.

which can affect speech.

Depending on the extent of the articulation

Muscle coordination: your child must be able

difficulties, unclear speech can significantly impact on how well a child can interact with adults and their peers and can affect the development of language and social skills. A child who is having difficulties being understood can become frustrated and angry which may lead to behavioural issues and a reduced desire to


Middle ear functioning: if your child has on-going

verbally communicate.

to move and coordinate the muscles involved in

producing sounds, e.g., lips, tongue, jaw and palate. Understanding: that sounds and words convey meaning.

Understanding: that sounds and words convey meaning.

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOUR CHILD HAS AN ARTICULATION PROBLEM? If a child has difficulties with articulation they might: • Produce speech that is difficult to understand even for family members. • Produce speech that is notably less clear than other children of the same age. • Become frustrated when communicating with others. • Have difficulty joining sounds together. • Tend to use only vowel sounds. • Your child may present with dribbling and have difficulties with eating and drinking.

WHAT OTHER PROBLEMS CAN OCCUR WHEN A CHILD HAS ARTICULATION DIFFICULTIES? When a child has articulation difficulties, they might also have difficulties with: Social skills: Unclear articulation can impact on your child’s ability to engage in social interactions, to compromise with others, and be able to recognize and follow social norms.

YOU ARE THE EXPERT Rely on your own judgment. If you think your child has a problem in the area of communication skills don’t hesitate to seek proper professional help. Remember, you are the best expert on your own child’s development and progress. Early identification of communication difficulties in children can prevent other problems developing, such as difficult behavior, learning difficulties and problems relating to and communicating with other

Expressive language: If your child has difficulties


with articulation, this will be reflected in their

If you are in doubt about your own child’s speech

expressive language. The words and sentences used by your child may be difficult to understand as the articulation errors can change the meaning of words/sentences, The child may reduce the length of their sentences or replace “difficult” words with easier words. Self confidence: A child’s belief in their ability to perform a task. Fluency: the aspect of speech production that refers

sound development, an assessment by a Speech and Language Therapist will quickly tell you if your child is ‘on track’ and making the right combination of correct sounds and ‘errors’ for his or her age. IMPORTANT Parents are young children’s main speech and language models. Speech and Language development is a gradual process. Expect your children’s speech

to continuity, smoothness, rate, and effort.

progress to be gradual.

Behavior: A child may become overly frustrated due

If you have any question, I will be glad to help. Please write to me on Instagram @speechandlanguagetherapyclinic

to not being understood. Education: developing reading and writing skills.

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Anne Kesterton and Sayra Naoumovitch started up Studio Ceramics in 2007. Studio Ceramics is Bahrain’s best discovery – a wonderful PYOP studio located just off BudaiyaHighway. HOW DID STUDIO CERAMICS START?


My friend and I wanted to start a business that

of Field Trips here too, but it’s a satisfying and pro-

would provide an activity for young children,

ductive activity for all the family. It’s really nice to

and we settled on PYOP because our children

make unique pieces as gifts for friends or a loved

had loved doing it in London and so did we!

one. All our paints are food-safe so you can make

Not at all! Children love it of course and we do lots

a practical ceramic piece like a mug or a plate or a

What is PYOP?

serving dish as well as ornaments. We have season-

It stands for Paint Your Own Pottery – which

al pieces for Ramadan, Halloween, Thanksgiving,

means we stock lots of plain white fired pieces in all sorts of shapes and sizes –and you come and add design and colour to your chosen KIDS ACTIVITIES

piece. Once you have finished painting, we glaze and fire the piece in our kiln. The firing process is magical, transforming a simple painted piece into a shiny ceramic masterpiece, ready for you to collect in about 5-7 days.

Easter and Christmas, and pieces suitable for themes like National Day, Bahrain, Beach Life. Plus ceramic beads, pendants and fridge magnets! We are open all day from 9.30am so ladies often like to come in to the Studio after school drop off or the gym and spend a couple of tranquil hours painting. At weekends we often offer family discounts and we love getting the dads involved. Note to any Dads reading this – it’s great to come with your kids and have them paint Mothers Day, Birthday or other special gifts for Mum!


WHAT IF I AM NOT ARTISTIC? Everyone is creative even if they don’t think, they are. And we have plenty of samples and stencils for inspiration. We run classes for more adventurous projects. But at any time during our opening hours you can drop in and our staff will show you what to do, it’s very easy. Think of it as a social activity as well, come with your friends, enjoy coffee with us, have some fun!

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? It depends what you choose to paint, but our items start from as little as BD2 each. No matter how many items you paint in a single visit, you will only pay one Studio Fee per visit, which is BD2 for children and BD4 for adults. We often have special offers where the studio fee is discounted, and we will always offer a discount for a group booking. We can offer private group bookings too, for example as a Team Building event.

DO YOU OFFER BIRTHDAY PARTIES? Yes we do, it’s a great birthday party activity at the Studio for boys or girls. We have different packages, starting from BD97 for up to 15 children. Or we can bring our Mobile Studio to your party venue! Don’t forget it’s a great party activity for adults too – and you can bring your own refreshments. If someone is leaving our lovely island, it’s a wonderful idea to host a party for them at the Studio and have everyone paint a piece as a truly unique leaving present. Expats all over the world have sets of dinner plates or bowls or mugs -all different and painted for them

ARTOLOGY Artology is a place where art is taught, experienced & redefined. Each age group is divided into a separate class. Each class deals with similar projects which include artist information, media and technique discussion, critique and idea exchange. Saar, @artology.bh ART HOUSE Conducts regular workshops including mosaic, batik, clothing design, ladies carpentry, recycle art, paper mache, lacing, glass painting, life model drawing, and charcoal painting. Budaiya, www.thearthousebahrain.com ARTZANIA Boys and Girls from 3-14 can enjoy a unique clay modeling class at Artzania. Parents can drop off their kids at Artzania to have peace of mind shopping while the kids having fun and learning. They also have weekly activity programs and winter camps. Ramli Mall and Seef Mall , http://artzania.com CELEBRATIONS OF ART Celebrations of Art specializes on craft workshops including Block Printing, Jewellery making, Faux Turquoise, Chalk Painting, Furniture Painting, Scrapbooking, and many more. Budaiya, @celebrations_of_art

by their friends at Studio Ceramics in Bahrain.

WHAT ABOUT COMMISSIONS? We often get asked to do commissions, and we are happy to do them. We price them according to complexity and amount of time required.

ENJOY ART Academic art lessons in Bahrain by a professional art instructor holding a Master’s degree in Fine Arts. Portrait painting, beginner’s workshops, and overall art classes are taught by group of not more than five. Tubli, @EnjoyArt

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I AM A TEACHER, IS THIS A PLACE I COULD BRING MY CLASS TO? Yes indeed, many teachers enjoy bringing their classes to Studio Ceramics for Field Trips. Often they have themes they want to represent in ceramics – whether its Monet’s water-lilies for the art classes or The Egyptians for the humanities, or pretty much any theme, we can come up with great ideas to make the Field Trip something really special. Our most popular theme recently has been self-portraits where each child uses clay to add 3D features to a tile on which they have drawn their face. Its amazing how you can easily pick out which tile represents which child! Unlike many Field Trip choices, the children have a unique memento of their visit.

DO YOU OFFER WET CLAY? Yes we do. We don’t use wheels, but we do carry clay which we offer in a variety of ways. Of course there are the clay hand and footprints, and the clay/tile self

L’ATELIER ART LOUNGE L’Atelier Art Lounge is a dynamic & artistic place where you can learn all types of painting and crafting on objects such as wood, glass, porcelain, ceramic, textile, fabrics, and more. An Art hub where all generations can celebrate Art! Seef Mall, @latelierartloungebh MILAD ART STUDIO Offers a wide range of art courses for adults and teenagers, all taught by professionals with years of knowledge and skills. Classes include Ladies Arts, Art for Teens, Acrylic Painting, and Zero to Hero. Jid Ali, @miladartbh

portraits we mentioned already. Or you can ‘Play with Clay’ – for BD10 we give you a ball of clay and tools


and you can model it as you like. The price includes

Palitra offers its students a dynamic arrangement of in-depth programs of study, including Art and Visual Culture Education, Art History, and Studio Art.​ They consider their classes as yoga and self-realization through art meditation. Amwaj, @palitra_studio

2 firings if you prefer to paint it at a later stage. This is a popular choice for school projects! We also do 3D clay modelling Field Trips, for example make a fish or a turtle. We provide all the instruction, tools and materials. For Field Trip projects, modelling and painting is done in one stage (total 2-2.5 hours) , and the finished product takes about 10days-2 weeks before it is ready.

ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO TELL MUMS-IN-BAHRAIN ABOUT STUDIO CERAMICS? Just that if you haven’t been, you are missing out! It really is a satisfying and therapeutic activity to enjoy


with your friends and family or by yourself. And if you bring a physical copy of this article with you on your first visit, we will give you a free Studio Fee voucher for your next visit. We are looking forward to welcoming you! You can find us on Facebook and Instagram, our website is www.studioceramicsbh. com, telephone 17002911.


THINGS TO DO Things To Do is a shop with a wide range of fine art materials that also hosts different workshops including ceramic painting, crochet, glass painting, knitting, handbag making, and more! Budaiya and Riffa, @thingstodobahrain WILD ABOUT ART Wild About Art offers Regular Art classes to children ages 3 – 15 years where they are taught different art mediums techniques, topic based drawing lessons. Juffair, @wildaboutartco

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However, the sensitivity of the body during preg-

derived from a variety of plants and herbs found

nancy also makes certain aromatherapy essential

throughout the world. There are hundreds of

oils potentially dangerous. It is very important

combinations of essential oils that have been

to know which essential oils are safe to use, what

found to alleviate or cure conditions. The natural

they specifically effect in the body, as well as which

aspect of this technique also makes it attractive

essential oils you must be careful to avoid. With that

for those people who are worried about using

knowledge, you can have a safe and happy pregnan-

unnecessary pharmaceutical treatments.

cy, as well as relief from a number of conditions that normally affect pregnant women.

One of the most stressful times in the life of any woman is pregnancy, and while having a baby may be one of the most important and beautiful experiences in life, it can also cause a number of side effects on the body that can be challenging, to say the least. Therefore, many women look for alternative treatments besides dangerous medicines (and their inevitable side effects), and

LAVENDER: This essential oil is said to promote feelings of relaxation and calm, while helping to balance hormones. Also, it can reduce the pains experienced during pregnancy. YLNG YLANG: This is one of the most important

aromatherapy is becoming increasingly popular.

essential oils to use during pregnancy. It is known

However, the sensitivity of the body during preg-

and promotes relaxation.

nancy also makes certain aromatherapy essential oils potentially dangerous. It is very important to know which essential oils are safe to use, what they specifically effect in the body, as well as which essential oils you must be careful to avoid.



With that knowledge, you can have a safe and

to reduce blood pressure, which lowers stress levels EUCALYPTUS: It is natural for your immune system to weaken during pregnancy due to the extra stress on your body. Eucalyptus essential oil is an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and antiviral substance, which can keep you and your baby healthy..

happy pregnancy, as well as relief from a number

BERGAMOT: This essential oil is very good for

of conditions that normally affect pregnant

indigestion, which many women commonly suffer


from. Also, it can boost spirits both during pregnancy and postnatal depression.


CHAMOMILE: Many pregnant women suffer from headaches and muscle pain, as well as indigestion. Chamomile essential oil has been known to relieve these types of symptoms.

EFFECTS OF AROMATHERAPY Essential oils in aromatherapy can be very powerful and can have very serious effects on the body. Normally, when you are not pregnant, these effects are

SANDALWOOD: This essential oil can help you

desirable, but many oils can have negative effects

relax and get to sleep, a problem for many pregnant

on the hormone-filled body of pregnant women.

women. It acts as a sedative and an antidepressant,

Normally, these have emmenagogue effects, which

which can often happen to pregnant women, par-

normally regulate menstruation, but can result in

ticularly after giving birth, if they are suffering from

accidental miscarriages when used during pregnan-

postpartum depression.

cy. Some of the essential oils to avoid during preg-

PATCHOULI: This oil is said to increase the cognitive function of people at all points in their life, but for women suffering from any confusion or cloudy-headedness during pregnancy, this will help you continue thinking clearly. ORANGE: Orange Essential Oil has been praised

nancy include the following: cedarwood, jasmine, clove, horseradish, mustard, fennel, myrrh, lemon, cinnamon, basil, black pepper, hyssop, juniper, pennyroyal, thyme, peppermint, rosemary. Regardless of which safe essential oils you choose to use during pregnancy, you should always use more diluted versions than normal, since the effects

as being an uplifting and joy-inducing essential oil,

on the body can be so dramatic. Whether you are

which can combat those days of pregnancy blues

using essential oils in a bath, a steam inhalation

that women sometimes suffer while going through

version, or on a compress, smaller dilutions (20-30%

the stressful time of pregnancy.

of normal) are recommended.

CYPRESS: Although this oil should only be used af-

Most importantly, be careful and do your research

ter the second trimester, it can help to relieve aches and pains, as well as swollen ankles and varicose veins, both during pregnancy and after giving birth.

before you use any essential oils during pregnancy. Be sure to speak with your medical professional regarding aromatherapy during pregnancy, in case there are any other circumstances regarding your pregnancy that should be taken into consideration. FEBRUARY 2019 || www.mumsinbahrain.net


WHAT YOUR CHILD’S DRAWINGS ARE TELLING YOU? By Sofia de Castro Sousa, Psychologist Children’s drawings are a useful method to monitor the development a child goes through. From about the age of 12-18 months, the average child will be capable of making marks on paper. As the child grows older, these marks become more representative and often more realistic. In this article we will explore together the pattern of development for drawing and also explain what can be inferred from a child’s drawing. As a psychologist dealing with the upsets and problems of childhood, I have long been impressed with how well pictures provide a window through which one can observe a child’s innermost thoughts and feelings. We can identify three major stages that children follow when developing their drawing skills: CHILD’S DRAWINGS

1. Scribbling (2-4 years) 2. Pre-Schematic (4-7 years) 3. Schematic (7+ years)


1. Scribbling Stage The drawing shows us no realism. The scribbles appear random and unplanned. However, towards the end of the stage a phenomenon described as “fortuitous realism” occurs, where a child may actually interpret their scribble as something other than simply lines. For example, they may see a car where they’ve drawn a mass of lines.

2. Pre-Schematic Stage By now, the child is attempting, with varied success, to represent real things in the world. The focus tends to be on humans, plants/trees and houses/buildings. Salient features of the subject are depicted, but may not always be accurate: for example, most children in this stage draw the human figure by merging the head and body without evidence of a neck.


Towards the end of this stage, the drawings become slightly more realistic, and some features that were previously missing may be added, such as clothes, for example. Also, in this stage, the child draws from one single perspective: if she/he draws a man holding a cup, the full hand and cup would be drawn, whereas in reality you would not perceive the whole cup, as part of the hand would mask it from view.

Signs of shyness and timidity tiny figure, short arms, arms clinging to body, no nose and/or mouth

3. Schematic Stage

Signs of anger

By now many detailed features of the object are

crossed eyes, teeth, long arms, big hands, nude

present. There is much more meaning to the picture


and the evidence of schema are present. This means that a child drawing the sea may incorporate fish, shells, sand and other relevant images to match their ‘idea’ of what a sea should involve. Words and symbols may also be used to add further meaning to the image. Pictures of humans will usually include

CHILDREN DO NOT CHOOSE THEIR TOOLS BY CHANCE When they have a choice they will lean towards a certain type of pencils or paper:

much detail, such as clothes, pupils, freckles, lips etc.

1. Pencils: pencils with wide, fat points are favorites

A main indicator of a child reaching the schematic

with determined children, while children who have

stage is the drawing being realistically drawn from

more difficulty expressing or asserting them prefer

a single viewpoint, without the transparency men-

pencils with a fine point.

tioned in the previous stage. There is often depth and a sense of spacial awareness – this is known as “visual realism”; the image is (mostly) realistic.

WHAT DO DRAWINGS CAN TELL US ABOUT A CHILD’S PERSONALITY? Analysing a child’s drawing can give us a valuable perspective of her/his inner soul. Let’s look at some child’s emotions on paper:

2. Paper: the size of the sheet of paper chosen is a good indication of the place a child wants to occupy in general life. The bigger the sheet is, the more the child wants to show themselves off, while choosing a smaller sheet of paper shows that a child has good concentration. Although your child’s pictures do speak louder than words, parents need to remember that picture analysis is a study in itself. Therapists and psychologists

Signs of Impulsivity

require years of practice before they can master

poor integration of part, gross asymmetry of limbs,

symbolic revelations from drawings.

transparencies, big figure, no neck

Studying your child’s drawings may not make you

Signs of insecurity and feelings of inadequacy

an expert on drawing analysis, but it will hopefully

slanted figure, tiny head, hands cut off, monstrous or

help you understand your child a little better. In fact,

grotesque figure, no arms, legs and/or feet

drawings provide an invaluable and readily available

Signs of anxiety shading of the face, body, limbs, hands or neck (or a

two-way mirror through which you can observe and establish a connection with your child.

combination), legs pressed together, no eyes, many

If you have any question, I will be glad to help.

clouds and rain

Please write to me on sophiacsousa@gmail.com FEBRUARY 2019 || www.mumsinbahrain.net



exhibitions, menus with colouring activities, and family-friendly hotels. Today’s mini explorers also have the world at their fingertips, with Google Earth, online travel videos, and translation apps to enrich every experience. And of course, they can also now

with K I D S

they go.

THE WORLD IS A CLASSROOM Some of the best life lessons are found outside a textbook. Travelling teaches life skills such as respect, resilience, and patience. It also captures


children’s imagination and their senses of sight,

It could be six weeks touring around the GCC,

There are also practical experiences such as using

exploring the streets of Europe, or spending several months undertaking charity work in Asia. Whatever

hear, smell, taste and touch. The excitement of fireworks, nature of the worlds, different cultures and people, will be something that can impact their future perspective in life. different currencies, passports and learning a different language, and it can be the start of their

your destination, many families are choosing to

immersion into history and geography.

pack up and hit the road when the kids are little,

Becoming immersed in a new culture and environ-

giving them some of the most significant life experiences they could ever hope for. Many travellers believe that travelling when kids are young is the perfect time. They are excited about new adventures and you can start building a

ment, children are also inspired to try new things and see the world in a positive light.


family’s love or travel from a young age. They haven’t

• Be prepared for delays and last-minute changes.

started school as well so it won’t interrupt any prior

• Never Assume your kids can wait for the next

school commitment. Though people like to think they have a work/ life balance, the reality is often very different, and removing everyone from the day-to-day routine can offer genuine quality time and a chance to connect as a family unit.

TRAVEL WITH KIDS TODAY The experience of travelling with children has changed dramatically in recent years. Gone are the

toilet stop! • Know the parks location so the kids can run around. • Check airports for kids’ play areas and other facilities. • Book an apartment so you have kitchen facilities during your travel. It will save you money in the long run and you get to visit the supermarket to try local specialties.

days of one movie screen in a plane and boring

• Check everyone’s passports expiration date.

museum displays. Nowadays, kids are catered for at

• Make sure vaccinations are all up to date.

every turn with in-flight entertainment, hands-on



stay in touch with friends and family back home as

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From vegan tasty treats, organic vegetables to beauty products, here are our TOP PICKS for all-things-natural shops in Bahrain.

RAWK ME RAWK ME’s all natural sweet treats emphasizes on promoting awareness on the type of food we put into our bodies. Their desserts are sugar free, raw, and vegan which makes them a great choice for customers who are looking to order a diabetic-friendly treats. They are also providing nutritious birthday cakes, donuts, and raw chocolate cheesecakes. www.instagram.com/rawk.me

Ethical, fairtrade & handmade fashion & accessories are must haves! #Thevillagebh

THE VILLAGE BH The Village is dedicated in giving its customers a taste of conscious living through a range of collections that are natural, ethically sourced and sustainable. They feature unique handmade, fairly traded and one-of-a-kind pieces from an array of ethical designers and artisans from across the globe. www.instagram.com/thevillage.bh


An organic vegetable farm with a focus on sustainable agriculture and permaculture, Jasra Organic Farm is a home to everything from bok choy, spring onions, beets, asparagus and a variety of peppers to mint, tomatoes, carrots and so much more. www.instagram.com/jasraorganicfarm


SE7EN CONCEPT An online shop that delivers clean and non-toxic fragrances, organic skincare and lifestyle products. Se7en Concept has a comprehensive selection of brands from unisex, mixable and vegan face cream to all natural multi use stains. Se7en Concept is bound to please every beauty connoisseur in the country! www.se7enconcept.com


Handcrafted flower vase. Cost: BD 9

Green Bar specializes on crafting botanical skin care with native medicinal plants that reflects a modern take on the region’s age-old Middle Eastern beauty rituals. The underlying theme of their botanical oils signifies the natural simplicity of traditional beauty that will bring peace and tranquility to your mind, body and soul. http://greenbarinc.com


Desserts with a twist, Raw Candy offers a selection of vegan tasty treats including the likes of yummy smoothie, cheesecake, vegan bread, raw chocolates, and delicious cookies. A plant-based chocolate and desserts superfood bar that will surely satisfy your healthy taste buds! www.instagram.com/raw.candy

THE LITTLE BLACK CARAVAN The Little Black Caravan is the first of its kind caravan that serves speciality coffee and plant-based food in Bahrain. A mobile business that always serve the freshest locally roasted beans whether it be hummus avocado wrap, chunky chocolate chip cookie, freshly made smoothie or a simple cup of coffee to go, everything is made in house. www.instagram.com/thelittleblackcaravan

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MEET THE EXPERT “Our Job is not to just fix broken bones, but we would

However, youngsters are more susceptible to sports

like to inspire patients to a long life of fitness and

injuries than adults because they tend to be more active.

wellness,” says Dr. Anastasia Athanasiou - Orthopaedic

Common injuries include: Muscle pulls and Strain, Sprained ankle, shoulder injury, knee injury, shin splint, tendinitis, wrist sprain.

Surgeon Consultant at Royal Bahrain Hospital. Helping people discover that exercise is fun and can make them healthier, stronger, and happier are benefits that last a lifetime. Personalized exercise

children but also in general population.

programs can be tailored to every individual, for

• Warm-up and cool-down: Every workout should begin

example, for a 30 year old pregnant lady in her 2nd

with a warm-up and end with a cool-down period. A

trimester, she needs to start exercising 3 days a week

warm-up helps the body get ready for exercise. It grad-

as a start then increase it to 4 to 6 days per week. A

ually increases the heart rate and loosens the muscles

low intensity workout such as walking, yoga or Pilates

and joints. Some ways to warm up include riding an

can be performed for 30 minutes.

exercise bike, jump rope or jog in place for 5 to 10

THE IMPORTANCE OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY Every child needs to exercise frequently to ensure

heart rate back to normal. Walking for 5 to 10 minutes after a work out is one way to cool down. • Stretch: Do dynamic stretching before and after a work out. This will help increase flexibility. It’s best to stretch

who spend their free time watching TV or engage in

after warm up and cool down.

growth. Having said that, it is crucial to push our children to be physically active Recent studies have shown that the benefits of physical activity in children include: 1. Healthy growth and development 2. Healthy weight MEET THE EXPERT

minutes. A cool-down is important to slowly bring the

normal physical growth and development. Children other sedentary pursuits may have impaired bone

• Ease into it: Start slowly and gradually build up the intensity, duration, and frequency. • Cross-train: Vary the workout. Don’t overuse one set of muscles. Repeating the same muscle movements frequently can lead to overuse and repetitive-use injuries; for example run one day and cycle the following day. • Listen to your body: Don’t push a child to the point of

3. Strong bones and muscles

pain. If they feel pain, they may be injured. Explain to

4. Improved balance, coordination, strength, flexibility and posture

them that if they feel pain they should stop the work-

5. Development of gross motor and fine motor skills.

if symptoms persist for more than a day or two!

6. Improved concentration, thinking skills, confidence and self-esteem

For more information, consult Anastasia Athanasiou, Orthopaedic Surgeon Consultant at Royal Bahrain Hospital. Call 17246800 or book online on www.royalbahrainhospital.com

7. Reduced stress and improved sleep


Here are some guidelines for avoiding sports injuries in

out, and rest. Always consult a Sports Medicine expert

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Calming kids’

hospital anxieties Teddy Bear Hospital -Bahrain’s first initiative to reduce childhood anxiety from hospitals and doctors through fun and interactive teaching.

WHAT IS TEDDY BEAR HOSPITAL? Teddy Bear Hospital is an international project whose aim is to reduce childhood anxiety regarding the medical environment, medical procedures, and medical professionals. Such fears are reduced by providing educating the children around a hospital theme and mimicking medical scenarios. Breaking such boundaries will lead to more cooperation with physicians, and therefore more reliable diagnoses, less pain, and more adherence to treatment plans. Bahrain is the 2nd country in the GCC to incorporate this project, after Kuwait. The Arabian Gulf University executed the first Teddy Bear Hospital in the country in December 2017, and this is the 2nd time the event takes place.

HOW DO YOU REDUCE CHILDHOOD ANXIETY THROUGH THIS PROJECT? Teddy Bear Hospital is set up into many different stations composed of: Primary Care, First Aid, Vaccinations and Pharmacy, Radiology, Healthy Living, and Surgery. Here the children will interact with T E D D Y B E A R H O S P I TA L

the “Teddy Bear Doctors,” learn about the different instruments commonly used in the hospital, why they use them, and perform several procedures on their teddy bears, therefore breaking the boundaries between the patient and doctor in aim for them to understand that the medical professionals are not out there to hurt them, and what experience in hospitals is for their benefit.


HOW EFFECTIVE HAS THE TEDDY BEAR HOSPITAL BEEN PROVEN TO BE? Our first Teddy Bear Hospital was proven to be very effective. From a total of 432 children who participated in a questionnaire in the first Teddy Bear Hospital that took place in 2017, 41.4% of them claimed to fear needles. In terms of whether they feared hospitals/ doctors, 62% of them said that they were scared prior to participating in Teddy Bear Hospital. After the children partook in the event, 59% of the children claimed that their fears did indeed reduce after their experience at Teddy Bear Hospital, which emphasizes that this project does aid in reducing childhood anxiety and fears toward the medical environment, medical procedures, and medical professionals.

If you have any question, follow them on instagram @ tbh.agu.bh


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Exercising DURING


Pregnancy can be a stressful time, with the expec-

more sporadic high-intensity activities. Some

tation of a child on the way, fluctuating hormones,

exercises are ideal for earlier trimesters, while others

and some of the most unusual body changes that a

are more suitable as you progress through your preg-

human can undergo.

nancy. Speaking to a fitness specialist and your doctor

It can be easy to let your physical fitness slip, as

(to check for any existing medical conditions or risks

going to the gym in maternity clothes rarely seems

before you begin working out) is essential to establish

appealing. However, it is very important to maintain

the pregnancy workout plan that is best for you.

your physical fitness while going through a full term of pregnancy, even if it seems uncomfortable or like “extra work”. Regular exercise can keep your energy


Although jogging and running are not recommend-

levels up and help prevent common pregnancy

ed during pregnancy, even brisk walking outside is

complaints, such as chronic back pain and joint

appropriate, particularly if you’re not used to exercis-

inflammation. Keeping your strength up can also

ing. A short 20-30 minute walk each day will get your

help to build endurance for labour and delivery,

heart rate pumping, ensuring that you remain toned

while also ensuring that your baby is born strong

and burn off any excess baby weight that you don’t

and fully developed.

need to put on!

That being said, you also have a tiny life inside your belly, so a great deal of consideration and awareness is necessary for a successful pregnancy workout regiment. If you exercised regularly before you became pregnant, you shouldn’t work out at the same intensity, as the reactions of your body will obviously be different. Pregnant women should shift their workout styles to consistent, low-impact exercises, rather than



KEGELS These exercises are more for internal health, but the repeated contracting and releasing of the muscles that compose the pelvic floor can strengthen the uterus and prevent urinary incontinence after you have your baby. This can also help to maintain strength in a woman’s pelvis after delivery and speed the body’s return to pre-pregnancy appearance.



Lying with your forearms resting on the ground and

Prenatal yoga wasn’t nearly as popular a decade

your toes to the ground, hold yourself in a plank

ago as it is now, but this special brand of yoga is de-

position for 10-15 seconds at a time (or 1-2 long held

signed to accommodate women in various trimesters

breath), being careful not to lie down flat on your

of pregnancy. Yoga increases flexibility and reduces

tummy after each set. Do not arch your back and try

chronic pain in normal people, and does much the

to keep your body as flat and still as possible during

same for pregnant women. It has also been known to

this exercise. Plank exercises can help you strength-

reduce the pain and duration of labour. Certain con-

en your core, shoulder muscles, and endurance,

siderations need to be taken, however, like not lying

preparing you for the physical tasks of motherhood

on your back after the first trimester, and not trying

and keeping your body in shape.

any risky balance manoeuvres that could endanger your or your child.

LOW-IMPACT AEROBICS Although most people associate aerobics with a lot of jumping around and bouncing, neither of which seems particularly appealing when pregnant, low-impact aerobics often take place in a pool, eliminating those issues. These types of aerobic classes are often offered to elderly and pregnant individuals, because the resistance of the water maximizes your workout efficiency, without putting any sharp stress on joints and bones.

SWIMMING One of the most low-impact sports that anyone can enjoy is swimming. It is very common for pregnant women to take up swimming, as it can instantly relieve stress and strain on the joints, gets you off your aching feet and ankles, and poses very little threat to your baby (who is already living “underwater” in your amniotic fluid!). Swimming can be continued throughout the course of your pregnancy, making it the perfect exercise to keep you consistently working out. It’s fun, easy, and undeniably beneficial for mothers at any stage of pregnancy.

PLIE BENDS One of the most common complaints that pregnant women and new mothers have is sore thighs and an aching back. Plie bends (yes, like the ballet movement) consist of standing with your feet hip-distance apart, and your toes and knees angled out to 45 degrees. Then, holding onto a chair for support, slowly squat down, keeping your belly up and your back straight. This exercise can strengthen your balance, as well as tone your hamstrings, quadriceps, and butt. You can repeat this movement as many times as is comfortable.

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WEIGHT TRAINING The point of pregnancy exercise is to eliminate high-intensity exertion, so weight training is a logical option, particularly to keep your muscles toned and firm. One-arm rows and arm curls are simple and quick exercises that can be done once or twice today, taking up no more than 5 minutes per set. This will help build your muscles for holding your child once he or she is born, and ensure that you can maintain a sturdy frame without bending or hunching, which will lead to back pain and discomfort.

STRETCHING Before you do any exercises with a baby on board, you should stretch adequately to avoid pulling or straining any muscles.

ELLIPTICAL MACHINES It can be hard for dedicated joggers to give up the habit once they get pregnant, but the repetitive impact of running can be detrimental to the pregnancy, and nearly impossible once you are in your final trimester. Elliptical machines, however, provide the same high cardiovascular workout without the constant pounding impact. For those

Your body physiology is drastically different when pregnant, and that should be considered before working out. Spend at least 5-10 minutes stretching before exercising, as any injury while pregnant will be harder to overcome, and will severely impact your ability and motivation to work out.

who exercise regularly, elliptical machines can


be a good way to slowly wean yourself to a more

To improve flexibility and strength in your thighs

moderate workout regiment while pregnant.

and bum, which you’ll need when you’re walking around 8 months pregnant, leg lifts can be an

CYCLING Aside from swimming, cycling is about as low impact as a sport can possibly get. Even a brief PREGNANCY & TRAINING

30-minute ride around your neighbourhood can get your heart rate pumping, ease strain on your ankles and knees, and improve your metabolic efficiency. Indoor cycling is also a popular option, but once you reach your third trimester, a slower pace is recommended, as larger baby bumps can often get in the way of the knee pumps needed for cycling.


ideal solution. Lay on your left side, with a pillow beneath your hip, your head resting on your left forearm, and your left leg bent at an angle, resting on the ground. Your right leg should be kept straight and lifted slowly, in total control, for 2 sets of 8 lifts, or whatever is comfortable for you. Switch to your opposite side to work out your left leg.

Be sure to visit backonthemove.com for more informative and interesting articles regarding pregnancy and training.

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QUICK & EASY RECIPES For more tips, tricks and insipiration head to annabelkarmel.com and superhealthykids.com. They share cool recipes, picky-eater strategies, and kid-friendly meal. We are sharing a bunch of favourite recipes to make your life easier and more inspiring!


• 6 slices of brown or white bread TUNA MIX TOPPING: • 160g canned tuna, drained • 3 tablespoon mayonnaise • 2 tablespoon sweetcorn • 2 tablespoon cheddar cheese, grated

MASHROOM TAGLIATELLE INGREDIENTS: • 160gtagliatelle pasta • 60g chestnut mushrooms • 80g flat or Portabello mushrooms • 50g wild or shitake mushrooms

• 2 teaspoon chives, chopped CHEESE & TOMATO TOPPING: • 75g cooked chicken, diced • 40g cherry tomatoes, chopped • 1 tablespoon pesto • 2 tablespoon mayonnaise • 40g mozzarella, diced • 2 tablespoon basil

• 1 tablespoon sunflower oil


• 1 onion, diced

1. Toast the bread in a toaster until golden.

• 1 garlic clove, chopped • 100 ml creme fraiche • 2 teaspoon chopped chives

2. Mix the tuna mix together. Spread over the toast to the edges. 3. Mix the chicken mix together. Spread over the toast to


METHOD: 1. Cook the tagliatelle in boiling salted water according to the instructions on the packet. Drain.


2. Slice all the mushrooms. Heat the oil and saute the onion, garlic and mushrooms for 5 minutes. Add the creme fraiche and simmer. Fold in the chopped chives and season to taste. 3. Serve the drained tagliatelle with the sauce poured over.

the edges. 4. For the tomato & cheese topping, spread the cream cheese over the toasted bread. Top with the tomatoes & Parmesan. 5. Place all the bread on a baking sheet. Pre heat the grill to high. 6. Grill for 5 minutes until melted & gently golden. 7. Slice each slice into 4 fingers.



• 2 tablespoon olive oil • ½ red pepper, finely diced

• 1 onion, finely diced INGREDIENTS: • 100g butternut squash, peeled and diced • 100g sweet potato, peeled and diced • 4 spring onions sliced • 150g drained chickpeas • 50g baby spinach • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped • 1 teaspoon sweet chilli sauce • 1 ½ teaspoon sundried tomato paste • a little gluten-free plain flour METHOD: 1. Put the squash and sweet potato into a steamer. Steam for 10 minutes until just cooked and leave to cool. 2. Measure the remaining ingredients including the cold vegetables into a processor. Whiz until roughly chopped. 3. Spoon into a bowl. Shape into 10 parties and coat in flour. Chill for 30 minutes. 4. Heat a little oil in a frying pan. Add the patties and fry for 3 minutes on both sides until lightly golden

• 2 cloves garlic, crushed • 600g chopped tinned tomatoes • 1 tablespoon tomato purée • 1 teaspoon honey • 3 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped • 2 tablespoon mascarpone • 40g parmesan cheese, grated • 150g pasta • 50g mozzarella pearls METHOD: 1. Heat the oil in a saucepan. Add the onion and pepper and fry for 10 minutes. Add the garlic and fry for 30’seconds. 2. Add the tomatoes, tomato purée, honey and bring up to the boil. Simmer for 10 minutes , then purée until smooth. 3. Add the basil mascarpone and half of the Parmesan cheese. 4. Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions. Drain and add to the sauce. Mix well and add the mozzarella. 5. Spoon into a small dish.. Sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan. Place under a hot grill for 5 minutes.

and heated through.

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CANDY HEART BAR INGREDIENTS: • 6 ounce white chocolate, coarsely chopped • 2 ounce pink candy melts • ¼ Teaspoon canola or vegetable oil • 8 ounce semi sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped • conversation heart candies and sprinkles, for decorating METHOD: 1. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and set it aside. 2. With a double boiler or microwave, melt white chocolate and candy melts together. If using a microwave, stir chocolate every 20 seconds. 3. Once melted and smooth, stir it in oil, then set aside.

INGREDIENTS: • store-bought Madeleine cookies • white chocolate VALENTINE’S DAY RECIPES

• freeze-dried raspberries METHOD: 1. Dip half of a store-bought madeleine cookies in melted white chocolate on a diagonal angle. 2. Transfer them to a parchment-lined baking sheet. 3. Sprinkle it with crushed freeze-dried raspberries and let it dry out before tasting!


4. Melt the semi sweet chocolate the same way you melted the white chocolate. 5. Pour it in the prepared baking sheet and spread out into a large rectangle using a spoon or rubber spatula. 6. Drizzle white chocolate mixture on top, then use a knife or toothpick to swirl layers together. 7. 7. Sprinkle the top area with conversation hearts and sprinkles. 8. Refrigerate for 2 hours and once it is hardened, break it into pieces.

SUPER FUDGE BROWNIES INGREDIENTS: • ¾ cup unsalted butter • 1 pound bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped • 5 large eggs


• 2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar • ½ Teaspoon salt • 1 Teaspoon pure vanilla extract • ¼ cup + 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour

INGREDIENTS: • ½ cup of semi sweet chocolate chips, melted • 1 and ¼ cup of pomegranate seeds

METHOD: 1. Preheat oven to 350°F then prepare a 9x13 inch baking pan with either butter or parchment paper. 2. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.

METHOD: 1. Line a mini muffin tin with liners and in each cup, add 2 teaspoons melted chocolate. 2. Sprinkle pomegranate seeds on top and drizzle with more melted chocolate. 3. Refrigerate until chocolate is firm, around 20 minutes.

late. Be careful when melting the choco with e owav micr a We recommend using the Set ng. stirri of lots and short intervals nds seco 30 with start and 50% to r powe starts at a time but as soon as the chocolate nds, seco 10 nds, seco melting, reduce it to 20 stir just , melted almost it’s n Whe then 8 seconds. chocolate last the that likely more is it it since pieces will melt.

3. Remove the saucepan from heat, add chocolate and let it sit for two minutes. Stir chocolate and butter mixture until they are smooth then cool it. 4. In the bowl of the mixer, put the beaten eggs, brown sugar, salt and vanilla extract on high for 5 minutes and wait until it is thick and pale. 5. Using a large rubber spatula, fold cooled chocolate into egg mixture until fully combined. 6. Gradually fold in flour and mix it until they are fully combined. Also avoid over mixing so that the batter remains thick and fluffy. 7. Immediately pour the combined chocolate and egg mixture into prepared baking dish then bake for 25 minutes until the top begins to crack and there is a slight wiggle left.. 8. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack before cutting into squares. Store in an airtight container at room temperature. FEBRUARY 2019 || www.mumsinbahrain.net





INGREDIENTS: • one bag of strawberry marshmallows • 4 to 8 ounce of chocolate INGREDIENTS: • 1 (16 ounce) can of strawberry frosting • 1 (12 ounce) bag of white chocolate chips METHOD: 1. Prepare a 9×9 pan and spray it lightly with cooking spray. 2. Over a double boiler, or in the microwave, melt the white chocolate chips.


3. When chips are melted, remove it from heat and stir in the strawberry frosting, evenly.


4. Spread it in the prepared pan and place in fridge for around 30 minutes. 5. Cut into a shape that you prefer.

• sprinkles • lollipop sticks • small cellophane bags (if you want to wrap them up) METHOD: 1. Push a lollipop stick into each marshmallow. 2. Melt the chocolates that you prepared. You will need 4 - 8 ounce of chocolate, depending on how many marshmallows you dip. 3. Dip one marshmallow at a time into the chocolate. 4. Allow excess chocolate to drip off, then pour your choice of sprinkles onto the chocolate. 5. Set the marshmallow pop (stick down) in a mug to allow the chocolate to set. You can also put the mug of pops in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes before doing this step. 6. Once the chocolate is set, if desired, wrap each pop in a small cellophane bag for presentation.


INGREDIENTS: • ½ cup strawberries, chopped • ½ cup blueberries, chopped • 2 cups greek yogurt, divided

INGREDIENTS: • 1 box red velvet cake mix (or any cake mix) • ½ cup butter, softened to room temperature • 2 eggs • Cookie batter CREAM CHEESE FILLING: • ½ cup butter, softened to room temperature • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened to room temperature • 1 (1 pound) box of confectioner’s sugar • 1 Teaspoon vanilla METHOD: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. For cream cheese filling: In a mixer, blend the cream butter, cream cheese and vanilla together. Gradually add sugar and mix it until it becomes smooth. 3. Mix other ingredients until they are combined together well. 4. Drop spoonfuls of cookie batter onto baking sheet about two inches apart.

• 4 Tablespoon lemon juice, divided METHOD:

1. For sweetener, use liquid stevia, about 8 to 10 drops per flavour of yogurt and for sugar, use about 1 Tablespoon per flavour to make it sweet enough. 2. In a blender or food processor, combine strawberries, half a cup of the yogurt, 1 Tablespoon lemon juice and sweetener. 3. Blend until it becomes smooth and remove to a bowl or measuring cup. 4. Repeat the previous steps but with blueberries. 5. Mix remaining 1 cup of yogurt, 2 Tablespoon lemon juice and sweetener together until it becomes smooth. 6. Divide strawberry mixture among 8 popsicle molds or paper cups. 7. Divide plain yogurt mixture among molds or cups and tap firmly. 8. Top with blueberry mixture and tap firmly to even out. 9. Place molds in freezer and let it chill for 1 hour until it starts to firm up. Add the popsicle sticks and freeze until completely firm for at least 2 to 3 hours.

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• ¼ cup of green quinoa • ½ can good quality chopped tomatoes • spinach (a handful) • flat leaf parsley (a bunch) • basil (a bunch) • white sesame seeds (a sprinkle) • coconut shavings (a sprinkle) • lemon zest (1/2 a lemon) • tahini (a drizzle) • pumpkin seeds (a sprinkle) INGREDIENTS:


• 1/2 cp gluten free oats • 1 tablespoon organic desiccated coconut • 1/4 cup coconut milk

cooking or it will cook unevenly.

• 2/3 nectarine chopped up (skin removed)

2. Steam spinach.

• 1 tablespoon organic yoghurt or coconut yoghurt

3. Chop parsley and basil.

• sprinkling of cinnamon/chia Seeds A L LY S K I T C H E N S T O R I E S

boil and then simmer, covered for 15 minutes, or until all the water is absorbed. TIP: Do not stir the quinoa as it is

• 1/4 cup pressed apple juice

4. Zest ½ a lemon and squeeze the juice, add a drizzle of tahini to make a mini dressing. 5. Once quinoa is cooked and looks fluffy, stir in ½ a can of


1. Cook nectarine on BBQ to soften. 2. Cook oats with coconut milk and pressed apple juice. 3. Once the oats are cooked, stir through the chopped nectarine, yoghurt, cinnamon, coconut and chia seeds.


1. Use 1/4 part quinoa and 2 parts water, bring them to a

chopped tomatoes, add chopped parsley and basil. 6. Add the dressing, sprinkle of sesame seeds, pumpkin and coconut. Voila! Packed Veggies that are full of flavour for your toddler!



• 50 grams cacao butter INGREDIENTS:

• 1 cup of pitted Medjool dates • 2 tablespoon black & white sesame seeds • handful of sunflower & sesame seeds • ½ cup organic dessicated coconut • 1 tablespoon raw cacao • 2 tablespoon tahini • sprinkling of cinnamon METHOD:

1. Blend all ingredients apart from seeds. 2. Roll into balls and coat with seeds. 3. Store in the refrigerator and enjoy 1 or 2 or 3 balls at a time! They are Moorish!

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• 50 grams cacao powder • 2 Tablespoon organic honey • 1 Tablespoon coconut nectar • ¼ cup pistachio • ¼ cup sour cherry • ¼ cup dried cranberries • ¼ cup desiccated coconut • ¼ cup organic brown rice crispies • pinch of Himalayan sea salt METHOD:

1. Gently melt the cacao butter, cacao powder and cacao nectar until molten. 2. Add a little honey to taste, stir in the nuts, dried fruit and cereal coating thoroughly with the liquid chocolate. 3. Pour into a baking tray lined with baking paper and push down with the back of a spoon 4. Refrigerate for an hour.

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ONLINE & SOCIAL SOCIAL Our website, social media channels and quarterly published guide are all treasure troves of information for parents and kids. They not only provide inspiration and encouragement but valuable parenting information and practical ideas.


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