Creating an outdoor living space was our priority this winter/spring – we had put it off long enough. We wanted to take advantage of the great outdoor living weather by adding a comfortable furniture set that was durable with four children and a space to create memories for our family. We also needed to look for something a bit more sophisticated for entertaining our friends too. Now that my youngest is three, and gone are the nappy days, I am finding it much easier to entertain again and less concerned about accidents.
We will stay in Dubai during this Easter holidays, and there has to be something said about not packing 6 suitcases and rushing straight for the airport. As much as we love travelling as a family, I also love staycations in our villa, and with such busy schedules we realise we spend little time in the house. This holiday will be the perfect way to catch up with home friends and to spend quality time together as a family, and more important to enjoy the unstructured time for the next two weeks.
Staycations at home means a great deal of outdoor time as a family – BBQs and beach days. My husband’s ideal day would be to have his whole family outside in the garden for breakfast and dinner everyday but as the children have grown older their school commitments have increased too. The holidays are just perfect for lounging in pyjamas having long leisurely breakfasts in the garden before jumping into the pool or sea.
We had outgrown our previous outdoor furniture and it was falling apart because of the harsh summers (it was a quick purchase from Dragon Mart several years back, I confess). It was time to discard the old and bring in the new. True to my new shopping style I even now buy my garden furniture online. ACE recently launched its online site showcasing a full collection of BBQs, Sheds, outdoor garden furniture, laptops and Dyson products and much more so it was ideal for my husband and me to scroll through looking for furniture sets as the stores displays are much more limited. We came across a neutral coloured Maui 7-seater Sofa Set with multicolour pillows from ACE online price fairly resonably and if you wait long enough they always have fabulous offers and deals to economise your finances even further. (who doesn’t like a good bargain?)
After the purchase online, ACE was quick to contact us with a delivery, and outdoor set was unpacked by the ACE team and set out. Honestly, I don’t know why it took us so long to get it organised especially when ACE made it all painless. To make the furniture design our own, we threw on some outdoor Pottery Barn palm cushions (Seashells On The Palm, of course!). Then, we had tailors from Satwa make out fabulous fitted outdoor protective covers to increase the durability of the furniture.
I do encourage you to have a scroll on www.aceuae.com and get 10% off your first online order. They also have 25% – 50% off End of Seasons collection until 15 April 2018.
Top 5 things to do to enjoy the fabulous weather this Easter
#1. Do an Easter Egg hunt in the garden
#2. Visit Park House on Ness Nass Beach
#3. Spend the day at Legoland Water Park to exhaust the children
#4. Join Privilee and enjoy access to hotel beach clubs, restaurants and spas. We often frequent, Fairmont the Palm, Waldorf Astoria and Sofitel, the Palm.
#5. Have dinner every evening outdoors with the family. With recent increase of mosquitos, I also use DoTerra’s essential oil blend of Terra Shield to diffuse outdoors to protect the children.