The latest trends on Recycling

For those who follow @Mums in Beirut on social media would realise the importance recycling has to our daily life and routine. Our hashtag #saynotoplastic says it all. As its National Recylcing Week, we want to share this article with you.

Recycling plays an important role in the life of a Mother. It is the setting stone in showing our kids and the new generation the importance it is for our community and the environment we live in. 

Why recycle?

Recycling is an important factor in conserving natural resources and greatly contributes towards saving the environment. We must all recycle to keep Beirut Beautiful.

Recycling in your Home

Recycling can be done in 3 easy steps by remembering the 3 Rs: Recycle, Re-use and Reduce.

RECYLE becomes a habit when you know how and what you can and cannot recycle. You can even get your kids involved too! Many materials can be recycled, such as paper, plastic, metal and glass. These need to be sorted in bins which then your municipality can use for recycling purposes. With kids at home, batteries can also be recycled, check out which centres provide this on the information sheet below.

REUSE and reduce, when shopping at the supermarket make sure you bring along a reusable grocery bags. In Europe, it seems like more and more supermarkets have discontinued plastic bags, and switched to paper-only shopping bags. They have also set up discount incentives for customers to bring their own reusable bag. That’s because they have finally discovered the inconvenient truth about plastic bags: They’re rarely recycled. They’re made from petroleum oil and they’re an enormous harm to our environment. Applaud yourself if you are already doing this as a Mum and for being environmentally aware. But if you’re still using plastic bags at the check out, read the facts below and consider making the switch. Our world deserves to be treated better.

Picture from @mumsinbeirut Instagram

Picture from @mumsinbeirut Instagram

REDUCE. Plastic bags take anywhere from 15 to 1000 years to decompose.

Most of plastic bags end up in landfills, the ocean, or some other place in the environment.  We clearly see a lot of  this on our streets, and in our sea. It’s estimated that 1 million birds and thousands of turtles and other sea animals die each year after ingesting discarded plastic bags, this is without mentioning  that some of the residual plastic particles end up in our food chain. When shopping at the supermarket, buy products that can be recycled easily such as glass jars and tin cans. Buy products that have been made from recycled material.

You can tell if a product is eco-friendly by looking at the label on the packaging.

Most Spinneys supermarkets have recyclable machine for plastic water bottles and we get the kids involved in recycling all the plastic bottles we have at home. For very 40 bottles you recycle either big or small, you receive a 2L Nestle water bottle so there is a reward for them at the end.

Recycling in your community

Following the waste “mis-management” crisis, please see the information gathered by the  Lebtivity team with a list of all recycling centres and hubs in Lebanon.  This is comprehensive list that you can share with your neighbours, friends, contacts, company, or municipality. Also check out what initiatives your schools have put in place for recycling as well as the business you work for.


Every effort you make will make a difference to our daily life and for the safe and healthy upbringing of our children. We should all ‘Love the streets you live in’.

We have seen a few recycling bins around Beirut, which is a great improvement but we still need more of them around. We also need to educate our Lebanese people not to litter and recycle part of every day life. It is important to bring awareness to our community and for keeping Beirut Beautiful for us and for the new generation.

We would love you to share your thoughts with us. Make sure you follow ‘Mums in Beirut’ on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @mumsinbeirut and tag us using #mumsinbeirut to share your Beautiful Beirut pictures with us!

Digital Detox: How to moderate children’s use of electronics.

Today’s contributing article is by Asmahan Saleh Khalil who is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst at Base Kids with extensive experience working with children, their families, and schools on behaviour support, skill training, and Early Intensive Behaviour Intervention (EIBI) for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Through parent and teacher training as well as one-on-one therapy, Base Kids seeks to help you better understand behaviour and the different methods of intervention related to it.

We live in a world where everything is online and so easily connected at the touch of a button. Asmahan shares with su ways to get our kids (and us!) have a digital detox.
The screen, a personal best friend and parenting nightmare, simultaneously. As much as we try to keep our kids away from it, we must admit that its even hard for us to avoid ourselves.

Here are a few tips and tricks to tame the digital monster:

  1. The first trick is to change our view of technology as all negative. Just like all behaviors, we must encourage “healthy screen-time” habits from an early age, and with baby steps.

What we DO want is for our children to use these platforms as methods of:

  • Learning
  • Fine motor skills
  • Discovering new interests
  • Sharing ideas with the world
  1. Teach and encourage appropriate usage:

Instead of forbidding the Ipad completely, try to limit the amount of “mind-less” games, and pair the Ipad as the “Thing we go to when we want to learn cool stuff”. If your child asks you a question, that’s an excellent opportunity to open up YouTube and show him videos of what a “ volcano” is. Living abroad and missing grandma? Let use the Ipad to call her. Want to take a picture of mommy, use the iPhone’s camera, and learn about making memories.

  1. Set clear concrete rules:

This is challenging but necessary. Saying “don’t play too much on your Ipad” is as good as saying “balblablbal Ipad”. What does TOO MUCH really mean? For you it might be 1 hour, for them it’s most probably 24 hours. Use timers, alarms, or signals to prepare the child for getting off the Ipad, and telling him EXACTLY how much is too much. This would help take the control out of the parent’s hands and into the hands of time and rules.

  1. Earning screen-time for completing less preferred activities:

The Ipad can be a great end to a successful homework completion, or finishing up the chores, with a limited time of course. Some older children, like adults, are now using their phone for socialising with their friends. This can get time-consuming and interfere with other learning and discovery opportunities.

  1. Start by modelling and giving up the phone yourself:

Give attention to the children, get down on the floor, and play with them, leaving your phone behind for this quality time. Take it a step further and make everyone (including daddy the workaholic) to give u the phone for family meal times. Organise your conversations by using some common family conversation starters found here for example, instead of asking “how was your day?” and getting a “ its was fine” answer.

Finally, If all else fails…

Foster trust and keeping promises:

the app gods don’t agree and they have therefore created apps for monitoring and controlling the child’s Ipad or iPhone from the mothers Ipad or iPhone. With apps like Glued or Our Pact or Screenlimit you can control when your child can use the devices, for how long, and under what condition. Please leave this as last resort, if all else fails. Reinforce the child for compliance, and encourage creative play by being involved in it.


Hair loss : causes and therapies

Hair loss is a common complaint among woman specially during child bearing age. I recently posted an image of losing my hair on @mumsinbeirut Insta stories and I got a lot of messages  about it.

Picture from @mumsinbeirut

Luckily, one of the followers is Dr Sara El Ghandour. She is a specialist in internal medicine and Diabetes and Endorinology , lives and practices in UAE, Fakih Fertility center Dubai and Bareen International Hospital in Abu Dhabi. Graduate of the American University of Beirut. Today’s she shares with us the causes and therapies to some of the common hair loss we are faced with.


The human scalp contains over 100,000 to 150,000 hair follicles.

Those follicules undergo lifelong cycling characterized by periods of growth (anagen), transformation (catagen), and rest (telogen). In humans, hair cycling is not synchronous, meaning that individual follicles cycle independently.

Everyone loses their hair and it is normal to lose about 50-100 hairs every day.
Hair grows at a rate of about 15 cm a year and the lifespan of each hair lasts for 2-6 years before it falls out, the follicle has a rest for a while, while another takes its place.


Hair loss which is also known as alopecia involves a wide spectrum of conditions.


Some are characterized by being severe leading to baldness such as alopecia areata in which an autoimmune process contributes to the loss of hair on the scalp or other areas.


Traction alopecia results from prolonged pull or tension on the hair follicle, usually due to  tight ponytails or braids. Traction alopecia from braids or hair weaves is most commonly detected along the frontal and temporal hair lines.


Female pattern hair loss: a condition described as thinning of the hair in the frontal part of the scalp and is usually hereditary


Telogen effluvium : Telogen effluvium is a common cause of diffuse hair loss . Examples of factors that may stimulate this condition include major physical or psychologic stressors, childbirth, dietary restriction, and medications. Hair loss usually occurs two to three months after the inciting event, and reverses once the inciting factor is eliminated.


And finally, thyroid disease and anemia causes hair loss which can be reversed by treatment and correction of the condition.


Most cases of hair loss are treatable and reversible.

First of all, they should be appropriately diagnosed, then in certain cirumstances the patient would need to undergo a series of blood tests.

Telogen effluvium is treated by removing the inciting event and providing cosmetic support if needed.

Hair loss secondary to anemia is reversed by correcting the condition, ferritin(iron stores) are aimed to be corrected to level of 30-40 mcg/L. As for hair loss secondary to thyroid dysfunction, a correction of thyroid function and its return to normal would stop the hair loss.

Female pattern hair loss can be treated with topical treatment such as minoxidil or other oral medications.

Dessine moi un proverbe

LakayCreation is pleased to invite you on October 12th to the book launch of “Dessine Moi Un Proverbe – Les proverbes libanais racontés à nos enfants” by Caroline Torbey and Renée Thomas, under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Education.


Internet safety tips for parents and educators



Beirut Restaurant Festival 2017

Mums in Beirut was delighted to attend the second edition of Beirut Restaurants festival which is held until the 1st of October 2017 at the Train Station, Mar Mikhael. In case you missed it, you can still watch the Live Instagram coverage on @mumsinbeirut

Enjoy a family day out with lots of food, drinks and food trucks around. Beirut Restaurants festival is guaranteed to get mouths watering! Furthermore, an exciting musical program will keep the crowd entertained for hours, while kids can have their own fun in the dedicated area.

Mums in Beirut Tips

  • The parking area gets pretty busy, so we advice you to park nearby and walk to the venue.
  • Make sure you wear comfortable shoes as the place is on pebbles and tiny rocks.
  • Family friendly destination.


Sacred Catastrophe: Healing Lebanon

The Fondazione Merz and Liban Art are delighted to present Sacred Catastrophe: Healing Lebanon, an art platform for peace and reconciliation by Zena el Khalil.

For 40 days, Zena el Khalil’s personal exhibition, accompanied by numerous events (workshops, conferences, performances, concerts, debates), will animate Beit Beirut, a symbol of the troubled history of Lebanon’s war. The building is located on the former “green line”, on what was a “no-man’s land” that during the Lebanese civil war served as a demarcation line dividing the city into two.

Zena el Khalil has always been deeply involved in the memory of the history of her country and of the consequences that have derived from it. Her work focuses on the consideration that art and culture can have a positive impact on the world. In particular, for this project she reflects on the will to transform an idea, an object, a place of violence into something that generates peace.

For the Beit Beirut exhibition, Zena el Khalil presents a series of paintings, sculptures, sound and video works distributed over the four floors of the building. The works presented in the exhibition are the result of a working method the artist has pursued in recent years, a process that begins with healing ceremonies in places that have endured violent experiences such as massacres, torture of human beings or also environmental disasters. By following a set of creative processes, negative energy residues are transmuted into love and light. On the first floor, the artist presents paintings she makes using intricate fabrics, such as kuffiyehs, dipped in a black ink she creates from ash and pigment. The photography and videos describe the places where the healing ceremonies have been held, showing the state of destruction as a result of the war. The artist uses artistic repetitions or “mantras” of the words love, forgiveness, and compassion in Arabic to relieve the buildings of their pain towards peace and reconciliation. The same words of peace, love, forgiveness and compassion are again the protagonists of ceramic and stone sculptures. A sound installation fills the entire exhibition space, linking all the works together. Finally, on the second and third floor, there is a single large installation, a “forest” of memory and remembrance of the 17,000 people declared missing in the conflict. The work also refers to the former “green line” where an abundance of foliage grew because the space was uninhabited. At the end of the project, a volume will be published to include the photographic documentation of the exhibition and events, together with contributions from poets, writers and critics.

The project is under patronage of Municipality of Beirut. Check their events calendar for full program (some catered for children).



A project by Zena el Khalil

Exhibition curated by Beatrice Merz and Janine Maamari

18 September – 27 October 2017

Beit Beirut, Intersection of Damascus Street and Independence Avenue (Sodeco Intersection),

Beirut, Lebanon

Cuddly Angels

Cuddly Angels is an on-line store dedicated to newborn babies aged 0 – 24 months, their mothers and their guests.

It is where the expecting mother can create her baby registry and organize her baby shower. Most important is that the expecting mother can benefit from a 50% cash back option when she creates the baby registry.

The store will also serve those that want to buy a gift for a newborn, whether or not this baby is registered on the site and the gift will be delivered to wherever they want.

A gift card option was created for those that cannot make up their mind in selecting a gift


An exceptional variety of gift options such as baby essentials, baby clothes, furniture and accessories for a baby’s room, artwork for a baby’s room, souvenirs for the baby shower, souvenirs and clothes for the baby christening, jewellery for the mother and baby etc. are available in the various partner stores featured in Cuddly Angels.

This diversity guarantees to satisfy your taste.
Creating a baby registry and buying a gift for the baby has never been easier

Welcome to the one-stop-shop CUDDLY ANGELS!

Playtown Fun Summer Camp 2017

We have teamed up with Playtown, to give you the chance to win 1 summer camp free subscription this Summer!

Competition details:

  • Camp duration: 7 weeks, July 3rd till August 18, Monday to Friday, 8:00 A.M till 2:00 P.M
  • Ages:3 to 10yearsold
  • Your children are welcome to enjoy our facility after 2:00 P.M with no additional cost
  • Breakfast & a snack are included
  • Daily, Weekly & Full camp registration options are available
  •  Different classes are offered during our camp, taking into consideration the different development skills needed by each age group;- Transportation is available upon request

    – An optional outing will be available every Friday, starting the 2nd week

  • Languages:French&English
  • Enter via @MumsinBeirut Instagram account by following terms and conditions.
  • Competition opens 27th June 2017, and winner will be selected on 30th June 2017 and contacted via Instagram.


Happy Holidays!


What is dry drowning?

4-year-old dies 1 week after swimming in pool – all parents should read this warning

This tragic story hit me straight in the heart.

As a parent, I try to protect my kids from danger whenever I see it.

But what if the problem is triggered by something imperceptible and the symptoms don’t come until hours or days later? How would you know that the two are connected before tragedy struck?

All parents should read this.

Summer is finally here, and with it comes family trips to the beach, picnics at the lake, and swimming lessons at the town pool.

Perhaps no one enjoys the swimming season more than children. Their parents, on the other hand, have to balance the fun with making sure their children safe.

Whether children are playing in the ocean waves or taking a dip in a kiddie pool, their parents are usually on alert when their children are in the water. Because all you have to do is turn your head for a second and tragedy can strike.

But even if you have full control over your children, the unthinkable can still happen. On May 29, four-year-old Frankie, or Francisco Delgado III, went swimming at pool with his family. Everyone had a fun time. Frankie’s parents kept an eye on him the whole time and nothing seemed out of the ordinary.

But over the following days, Frankie started experiencing flu-like symptoms, before feeling a bit better.

Then almost a week after Frankie went swimming, the four-year-old woke up in extreme pain and screamed out loud. Seconds later, he took his last breath.

Frankie’s dad was with him when it happened. He immediately called emergency services and an ambulance promptly showed up and rushed the boy’s lifeless body to the hospital.

The doctors and nurses did everything they could, remembers Tara, Frankie’s mom, who watched them try to save her son’s life.

After a while, two doctors came to Tara and told her that they were unable to save little Frankie.

The boy’s lungs were filled with water and he had fallen victim to so-called dry drowning.

Dry drowning has symptoms, and if they’re noticed soon enough and parents seek medical attention in time, the victim’s life can be saved. Doctors recommend that parents keep an eye on three symptoms in their children, each of which might indicate that the brain isn’t getting enough oxygen.

• Difficulty breathing after swimming
• Drowsiness or sleepiness
• Forgetfulness or a change in behavior

Frankie’s parents wish they’d known this earlier. If they had, their son would be alive today. Now, they hope that Frankie’s death can at least serve as a warning to others. Read more about dry drowning, or secondary drowning as it is also called, here.

Watch Frankie’s mother tell her son’s story on this news report:

Please share this article with all the parents you know. Together we can help spread this important message so that no more children die from dry drowning!


Article reproduced from Newsner.com