Author: Abigail

BenQ ScreenBar: The Perfect Computer Lamp

What are the qualities of a perfect desk lamp? My ideal workstation lamp should not take up so much space, not bulky, light temperature can be adjusted and a bonus if it can be powered via the USB. I found all these qualities in a ScreenBar LED Monitor Light by BenQ. We have been truly gushing over the items that BenQ have sent our way to try. This ScreenBar Light coveted the top 1 spot of our favorite things for our workstation Simple & Clever! The ScreenBar design is sleek with a black matte finish, it does not have a base or mechanical arm that would require space on your work desk which is perfect if you have limited space. The lamp rests on top of your monitor just like a webcam, it is reminiscent to those lights above a painting in art galleries. It is also USB powered so you are not bothered with additional plug.  Quality LED for Eye Care What impressed my boys (husband & the eldest) is that the lamp provide …

BenQ GS2 : Movie on the go

We’ve had the GS2 on loan for our family to use for a few weeks now and it has given us a movie experience similar to a cinema setting at the comforts of our home. My kids have used it to watch age appropriate movies in the bedroom while we adults got uninterrupted movie time on our own. The GS2 will be a perfect companion when out and about, we definitely can’t wait to use it when its winter season here in UAE. Two reasons why BenQ GS2 is great for families: Made for OUTDOORS GS2 is splash and drop resistant which makes it a good choice for camping or any outdoor movie bonding. If only we’ve known about this nifty projector during camping season, our teens would have not been busy fiddling their mobile phones when it was too dark to wander around. Parents can entertain kids with 3 hours long worth of CocoMelon and Peppa Pig when its fully charged;  That is more than enough to prepare a camp site and prepare food. WiFi enabled which means, you can …

Stay-at-home Mom

SAHM (stay-at-home mama) is a label attached to my name since we moved in the UAE, that’s more than 10 years now. The choice to be one was mine.  Being one was certainly not a part of my 10yr plan back then. I’ve always imagined myself a career woman. When Coy left for work overseas, my Mama said ‘Go where your husband is if circumstances permit it’ and so I did.  Ohh how I blamed her that first year away living the life of an expat SAHM. Why? I was tired with domestic life – infinite dishes to wash, endless laundry to attend too and a house that always needed cleaning. Add to that even after a days work, the effort was left unnoticed! SAHM label often left me feel exhausted, lonely, angry, and worthless. I completely lost who I really is/was.  I, myself no longer know me. If you find yourself in that similar situation know that you are not alone and what you are feeling right now is VALID. *** In a world …

FREE Back to School Distance Learning banner

So it begins! We have chosen ‘distance learning’ school mode for both our kids since this is the best setup for our family right now. The excitement this school year might is not the same as the previous ones; for the first time we did not bother much with school shopping besides the essentials. No need to buy uniforms, shoes and socks. Alarm not as early, this I am very pleased. Despite all the crazy happening around, we are all trying our best to make this 1st week of school a smooth one because when we just open our eyes we will see so many reasons to smile. With that… let me present my babies with the new school setup and a FREE back to school: distance learning banner for 2020 – 2021 school year. Fancy using our First Day #backtoschool banner? Click link below to download. FREE #BackToSchool Distance Learning Banner.

What’s inside our GO BAG?

What is a ‘Go Bag’? A ‘Go Bag‘ is something that you would grab in situations that require immediate evacuation. It basically is an emergency-preparedness bag that you pack in advance but hope you never need. Contents of the bag should be sufficient for a 12-hour period. It is recommended to update contents of this bag every few months. You have to choose a bag that is large enough to carry the necessary items. I prefer to use a backpack so my hands are free to hold my children. What is inside a Go Bag? Travel and identification documents are the top most items that I make sure is updated and always inside our bag since we are living overseas. Make it a habit to scan important documents, then save it in a virtual drive and send copies to your relatives Passport Emirates ID (identification card for UAE residents) Health Insurance Card  Insurance Papers First Aid Kit – masks, bandAid, antiseptic wipes and important medication. Include a copy of your physician’s prescription. Flashlight and batteries. Ideally, a flashlight …

How To Make Ice Cream at Home

Just 3 ingredients to make ICE CREAM at home! It is so easy to make that Chloe took charge in preparing the recipe and she even prepared a video to show you how. This can be a very fun DIY project for the family to do at home and because we need to satisfy a sweet frozen craving. The base recipe is versatile that you can basically add different flavorings! The option is endless to your imagination.

Brownies with Dark Chocolate Walnuts

Brownies with Dark Chocolate Chunks and Walnuts

We have a fudgy, chunky and easy cocoa brownies for your family. I guarantee that the chocolate lover in your family will ask for more! This brownie recipe will easily become a family favorite! Tips: I prefer to use Dutch processed cocoa powder when available. Otherwise, a natural cocoa powder will do great as well. 70% dark chocolate chunks is a MUST. You can double the amount of chocolate if you don’t fancy nuts. CHECK brownies after 20 minutes of baking, if the middle is still runny and wet, bake for 5 minutes more. Continue baking until you see the middle part is set but still give a bit of movement when pan is moved. I baked our brownies in our electric oven for exactly 27 minutes. Important! Bake two batches and hide one tray for yourself.