Enjoy Bahrain, During Covid.

 

The tree of life

For so many people, 2020 has been a year of waiting and uncertainty. Waiting to see family members, waiting to find another job after you lost yours, waiting for a loved one in the hospital to get better. As 2020 ends, and some of us are letting out a sigh of relief, it is by no mean the end of our waiting game. As we say goodbye to a difficult year, hardships may still be coming our way; however, surviving 2020 has made us invincible. It had taught us what no one could learn in many lifetimes. If anything I had learned, it’s to have fun and enjoy every second we have…cherish the moment, always.

With the beast (aka Covid) still hovering around waiting to pounce at any moment, going out and enjoying life as we once did before can seem scary and even dangerous to some. Some of us have been stuck at home for way more than anyone should ever have to, yet the idea of venturing to Malls, Cafes, and Gyms might still be daunting.

Today I will share some activities that you can enjoy with your family with some ease and a little comfort (because, to be honest, Covid is EVERYWHERE, you can never be too comfortable!).

The Tree of Life: People now are looking for deserted places where they can almost be sure not to interact with anyone. As is the case when it comes to any infectious disease, people want to avoid crowded places by all means. And what’s better than the desert itself.

Pack food, drinks, blankets, jackets (it can be freezing over there), games (puzzles, board games, cards..etc.), and enjoy the calm and the beauty of that one majestic tree in the middle of nowhere.

The tree of life

Karzakan Forest: Truly a little hidden paradise! It is a10 to 15 minutes hike in the middle of trees and nature. It ends with a beautiful little pond, where you can admire the most magical sunset. Lower your expectations, and avoid going in the afternoon as it can be a bit crowded then.

Karzakan Forest

Candy Making at Spun Candy:  If you have kids like I do (I have one), staying at home for almost a year is unimaginable. Finding activities that are safe yet fun is a challenge. We went a couple of weeks ago to Spun Candy in the Avenues (near Blaze Pizza and the food court). We booked a session that is around 40-50 minutes. They take groups of up to 5 people and have special prices for families. They would book the whole space for you, and you, with your kids, can make candies.

It is BD9.4 per kid. You must book in advance.

At Spun Candy

Ice Skating at Delmonia mall: Finally a decent Ice Skating place in Bahrain (no offense to fun land, but it had served its purpose for way too long if you ask me lol).

For now and for obvious reasons, they only take bookings for coaching. They have different slots: 15mins, 30 mins, 45mins, and 1hour. And you get an extra hour for ice skating alone without the coach. They also have different packages.

Ice skating

Al Jasra Farm: In Al Jasra-Al Mozareen road- a beautiful organic farm, with solar energy and free-range chickens…. What else to desire? You can enjoy the fresh air with your kids. You can also pick vegetables and get some honey and free-range eggs! A beautiful escape.

Nada Pottery: A private pottery class, for two hours, to learn basic skills and techniques in making and coloring beautiful pieces. The session is for all ages and is BD10. Call: 33300855 to book.

I hope you can enjoy some fresh air and some exciting adventures in this new year. Stay tuned as I discover more hidden gems and share them with you.

Wishing you a truly blessed and joyful 2021.

Ouiam El Hassani

ZZZ in Style ..!!

 

Hello Friends!! How is your Saturday looking like?

Today I have something absolutely exciting for you all! Something that will make your eyes sparkle, and will take you few years back, wishing you could relive your childhood again!

Sleepee Teepee is a new concept that two fabulous women came up with few months ago, and it is the talk of town right now! It always makes me so proud to see women, and especially moms navigating through their own journeys, not the motherhood one, but one where they blossom and thrive as women.

The whole concept consists of having gorgeous looking teepees, with themes that you can choose yourself, delivered to your home, fixed and ready to take the sleep over shenanigans to a whole new level.

I met with one of the co-founders: Elizabeth Dadd, and had a little chitchat with her! Here is some of what we talked about:

How did you get the idea for sleepee teepee ?

Sleepee teepee was something I was seeing on Pinterest throughout the summer, while in Australia. With girls coming up to the the sleepover stage in life, I thought it would be great to offer them something they will enjoy with their friends in Bahrain.

 

How did you move from the thinking phase to the creating one? 

After speaking to some friends about the idea I found that there was a lot of support. I decided to join forces with a good friend of mine “Nikki”. We designed a prototype and our children lit up when they saw it! Seeing their excitement made us realize we needed to have other children experience this too. We spoke a lot about our concept and how we could make this product and service something Bahrain would embrace. Our teepees have been designed to be sturdy, child safe and of the highest quality.

 

When did you launch your business? 

We had our first booking in the beginning of October this year. The business is still very young.

 

How do you balance being a full time mama and being a working mama now? 

The idea that I’m working on something of our own really excited me. With young girls I am happy that they finally get to see mom work and do something she loves. Our busy periods are over the weekends so Nikki and I try to do as much as we can while our children are at school so they don’t have too much time away from us on the weekends. The work family balance has been nice as we have a lot of support from friends and partners.

 

What are some of the difficulties that faced you when you started? 

Creatively we wanted to create a teepee that was child safe and sturdy, design wise we changed a lot of things to make the teepee transportable, functional, beautiful and easy to store. We found the themes we wanted were hard to come by locally and started bringing in bedding from outside Bahrain.

 

How do you see your business in 5 years from now?

Nikki and I are a great team, and I think Bahrain has embraced Sleepee Teepee. We hope to be able to create a product that adapts to the times. We would love to expand the business into more than just hiring and selling teepee services but to include the options of party planning and party bags. We also would like to refine the business to include more sustainable and organic options and use only locally sourced items, carpenters, tailors and staffing.

 

Any advice you can give mamas/women, who have great ideas yet haven’t worked on making them their realities like you did, yet?

I’d say that its much better to try something now than regret not starting in the future. I would also encourage everyone to collect support and advice from their friends and work in a field they are excited and passionate about. There is a saying: “Do not deliver a product deliver an experience” and I think that rings true to all businesses, doing anything that makes anyone’s life better or happier is worth the trouble. “

 

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Elizabeth is a mama of two gorgeous little girls, she is so passionate about what she does, and the minute she starts talking about her new baby (Sleepee Teepee) a big smile lights up her face, and her eyes shine with delight.

 

More exciting news here ladies: Sleepee Teepee offers 10% discount to all Amwaj mamas!!!!

You can find sleepee teepee here:

Facebook: Sleepee teepee Bahrain

Instagram:@sleepeeteepeebh

 

Ouiam x