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Grateful for 2016, a year in review


We are about to bid farewell to 2016. Am I ready for the year to come? I am definitely ready to write a beautiful 2017 life story, hand in hand with my family. As with each year, 2016 made me stronger with challenges I faced and always grateful with all the blessings that came our way.

Here’s a look back at our 2016 life story.

LittleMiss made a big move from nursery to foundation stage last January that had me send out a request for more pedestrian friendly Dubai. Tarana and I also launched the first ever blog support group for moms – UAE Mom Bloggers

February gave me the opportunity to share my passion of fun lunch box packing that led to conducting a private bento workshop for a company here in Dubai.

I shared a stage with Al Islami Foods last March for a bento box demonstration during Dubai Food Festival. Also finally got to write about our Disneyland experience.

The kids and I found ourselves in April “winter” where we played with baby penguins at Ski Dubai.

The month of May was challenging health wise where I had late night to early morning trip at the Mediclinic emergency room. Thankfully my doctors, Dr. Mazin Aljabiri and Dr. Faisal Ikram took good care of me as I underwent a Laparoscopic Gallbladder Removal and Stone Removal on my bile duct.

I was back to my old self by June as we prepared for LittleMiss 4th birthday party.

July kicked off our two months long vacation in the Philippines. I look back and find out I have not written anything about it on the blog was regularly updating our Instagram. This month though I manage to share our first interactive play experience, The Little Prince.

Back to school for kids at the last week of August.

A busy September where I shared tips to get your lunch box kit ready for school, shared few recipes and mark the beginning of my promoting #LetsMakeLunchFun tag. We also found ourselves admiring sunrise at UAE’s highest peak, Jebel Jais. Life as a stay at home mom got me all stressed up that made me open up on my hope to bring back the happy mama back.

October marked another highlight for my lunch box packing passion where I joined Al Islami’s campaign to encourage happier and healthier kids. Kuya V received his first sponsored product review, 3Doodler Pen.

We toured a MCDonalds kitchen in November and recalled our LEGOland open day experience.

December is all about fun where we checked out Dubai Garden Glow.

Wishing a happy and prosperous New Year 2017.

I wish that year 2017 writes you a beautiful life story.



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Hi, my name is Abigail a stay at home Mama of two LittleOnes and currently residing in Dubai, UAE since 2009. This is my little space online where I share activities, places we've been, food we enjoy and snippets of our daily expat life. ‘Cuddles and Crumbs’ is a combination of the two main things I share on this blog: cuddles (family) and crumbs (food).


  1. What a year 2016 was for you! I hope 2017 is bigger and better! Also, super thankful to you and Tarana both for creating the UAEMomBloggers group!

  2. Indeed, it has been a wonderful 2016 for you. Am sure there’s a lot more great surprises for you this 2017. So proud of you fellow pinay super momma 🙂

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