- 1st Grooming Kit. This all-in-one kit takes care of your child's grooming and wellness, and is ideal when you're travelling.
- Multi-purpose Latch. Here's a deterrent to keep inquisitive kids out of harm's way. The Multi-purpose Latch is perfect for fridges, microwaves and dishwashers.
- Knee Protector. Knee protectors help protect your toddler's knees while crawling.
- Corner Edge Cushions. These are ideal for sharp corners of table and shelves, which toddlers often bump into.
- Child Harness. These "baby reins" are a comfortable way to keep your child close to you when traveling in crowded areas or busy streets.
- Finger Pinch Guard. It prevents small fingers and hands from being pinched or crushed in doors and door hinges
- Expansion Swing Gate. This handy gate prevents toddlers from accessing stairs. The plastic safety rail eliminates openings on top, and a one-hand release latch makes it convenient for adults to operate.
- Secure Sleep Bed Rail. Kids are notorious for rolling off beds in their sleep. This safety rail makes sure they sleep peacefully without going 'bump' in the night
- Fridge Lock. This gadget helps prevent children from opening refrigerators, and has a unique childproof press-lock that's designed for repeated use.
- Push 'n Snap Cabinet Lock. Use this to prevent kids from accessing cabinets that are within their reach. A SecurTech locking system and push-button release ensures freedom from mishaps.
- Spring 'N Release Latches. These locks seal off cabinets and drawers from the prying hands of curious children. They come with a spring-loaded feature that makes them more durable and long-lasting.
- Building the user experience first. The user experience is the product.
- Less is more (eg: less mass and less features = more focus, less code, less cost and less time to production).
- Iterate, iterate, iterate!
- The devil is in the detail.
- Design precedes development - always.
- Design, and products, are never finished - Kaizen (a Japanese concept of continuous improvement) drives freshness and innovation.
What excites you most about your work?
First, there's no set formula to getting the web "right", so figuring out how to crack it is incredibly exciting. Second, I work with a great set of web professionals which is both awesome and a privilege. Third, knowing that we have the opportunity to make a profound impact on the web for millions of our users, our many businesses and the region at large, is a trip by itself.
What has been the biggest challenge so far?
Hiring. Finding and recruiting high quality web talent isn't easy; we're constantly on the lookout for fresh talent and eager, brilliant minds.
The Landmark Group Toastmasters - "LMG TMs", for short - meet regularly to share prepared and impromptu talks on assigned topics; encourage, exchange and help develop each other's presentations; improve grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation; and generally loosen our ties (and tighten our public speaking skills) in an environment of shared camaraderie where everyone is welcome. There is no instructor; instead, we take turns in facilitating meetings and documenting minutes, which allows us to be on equal footing and experience various roles. Group members include colleagues, co-workers and employees across brands, territories and job functions, so being a part of Toastmasters is also a great way to get to know each other on a more personal level.
I never thought I could enjoy learning about a topic as seemingly dry as Supply Chains before a humorous speech on the subject (which managed to incorporate witty anecdotes and Hollywood movie references), or be deeply inspired in under 5 minutes by a talk on how key decisions have the power to affect us all. As my own speaking skills have improved, I've seen close bonds developing with fellow Toastmasters and I find myself looking forward to the next meeting. Getting over cold feet and stage fright has never been so much fun.
With the mercury rising rapidly, it's common to want to cool off quick with a glass of chilled water or off-the-shelf carbonated drinks over ice. These are temporary fixes, but you're actually doing your body more harm than good.
According to the Ayurvedic principles that form the basis of our holistic treatments at Balance, cold or iced drinks disrupt our digestive system - controlled by the Fire element - just as cold water douses a fire. The body then has to work harder to digest and absorb nutrients, causing our pitta (metabolism) to become imbalanced. The result is heat intolerance, mood swings, irritable bowels, increased aggression or heartburn. For more balanced solutions to the heat this summer, put that iced soda on hold and try these Ayurvedic ideas instead.
AYURVEDIC TIPS FOR A COOLER SUMMER
- Drink at least 7-8 glasses of room temperature water
every day, including a couple with pitta-pacifying fresh mint, a tablespoon of
fresh lime juice or a teaspoon of rose water. Yoghurt-based drinks (like lassi or buttermilk) are highly effective, as are those made from raw mango
(panna). Cutting back on ice-cold drinks help your stomach to feel less
bloated, and you'll notice you're able to handle the heat better.
- Fresh fruit and fresh fruit juices (not canned, frozen or
from concentrate) are particularly beneficial. Watermelon juice, fresh cucumber
juice, lettuce juice and tender coconut water are best. Drink at least one of
these juices several times a day and note your tremendous increase in heat
- Cooling herbs like fresh mint, fennel, cilantro (green
coriander leaves) and
watercress can be juiced or pureed into chutneys to further balance pitta.
Alternatively, steep them in boiling water in the morning, cool the drink to
room temperature and drink the infusion throughout the day to stay hydrated
while benefitting from the herbs' healing qualities.
- Favour cooling spices like cardamom, coriander and fennel
seeds in your food. Use organic rose water or rose petal conserve as a cooling
food supplement or an addition to summer drinks.
- Certain fruits like strawberries and peaches tend to irritate pitta and are known to cause rashes or allergic reactions in particularly sensitive people. If you must eat them anyways, try poaching them with a bit of sugar and cardamom instead. Serve the poached fruit with a bit of pitta-soothing fresh whipped cream as a stand-in for ice-cream, or blend with grape juice for a refreshing summer drink.
Try some of these suggestions and tell us how you felt!
- Bathe thoroughly before applying any fragrance to your body.
- Layer your perfumes before putting on your clothes or accessories - first use a matching body lotion (or an unscented one) to help your fragrance last longer.
- Lightly spray your perfume on "pulse points": the wrist, neck, cleavage, inside of the elbow, behind the knees and on the ankle. These points are where blood vessels are closest to the skin, giving off more heat and acting like mini fragrance pumps.
- Avoid spraying too much scent directly on your clothes - besides staining your garments, the scent can stick to the fabric, conflicting with different perfumes you plan to wear on other days.
- Don't overspray - the perfect perfume works best in small quantities, mixing with your natural body odour to create a balanced scent.
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Citymax SuperChef Frozkhan Buhari serves up aromatic cuisine at Claypot, our authentic North Indian restaurant at Citymax Bur Dubai. In this video, he shows you how to make these tasty Coconut Croquettes - adding a tropical twist to an easy dish. Keep the basic ingredients at hand and whip them up as a surprise treat to impress family, friends or unexpected guests.
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- It is always safer to fit infant seats in the rear of the car
- A forward-facing child seat in the front of the car should be fitted as far back into the car seat and as far away from the dashboard as possible
- Don't place the child seat in the front if there is a passenger airbag
- Make sure the seatbelt passes through all the correct guides on the child seat
- If the child seat remains in the car permanently, make sure it is checked regularly and that it is securely held in place
- Push your weight into the child seat and pull the shoulder belt to make sure the seat is securely held. There should be no slack in the seat belt.
- Check for any forward or sideways sway once you've secured the child seat in the car
- Check that the seatbelt buckle is not resting on the child seat frame (this is known as 'buckle crunch')
- A child's body temperature increases much faster than an adult's. To reduce the risk of heat injury, don't leave your child alone in the car, not even for a short errand, and not even with the windows down.
- School-aged children shouldn't be allowed to play in or around a parked car
- To reduce the risk of a child becoming trapped inside the trunk of a car, always keep the trunk closed and the rear seats up
- Teach children how to use a trunk release mechanism if your car has this feature