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Wednesday, 9 May 2012

10 Great Mothers' Day Gift Ideas in Nairobi

Mothers' Day is right around the corner; Sunday May 13th to be specific. For all of you who have a mother or a mother figure who you love, look up to and appreciate; or any other mother you know who is simply wonderful, you should most definitely get her a Mothers' Day gift. Show her how much you really appreciate her. Now I know that sometimes there are so many options out there that it is often hard to make a choice for a gift. Here is a list of our top ten ideas for gifts you can get that special lady.

1. Flowers and Chocolate

If you want to keep it simple and classic, you can get her a lovely bouquet of flowers and a box of chocolates. She will feel very special and appreciated. There are numerous flower shops and stands in Nairobi where flowers are sold in all types and price ranges. You can get her daisies or lilies if you want the bouquet to be unique. Pink roses would also be a very wonderful pick as well.
Lovely bouquet of Lilies

 As for the chocolates, those are also readily available in any supermarket. They are also sold in gift packs which you can have wrapped for her and you will be all set. ^_^
Box of Chocolates
2. Scented Candles

If your mum loves scented candles or any kind of aromatherapy like my mum does, this is a splendid gift idea. Scented candles are very much available in major supermarkets or gift shops. I have to say that my personal favorite is the Nakumatt Junction selection, it is superb. Make sure you know which scent she prefers then purchase a set of candles, or even just one large scented candle for her. Have it gift wrapped or put in a gift bag with a card and you have a very thoughtful gift ready.
Scented candles
3. Jewelery

You can never go wrong with jewelery. Every woman loves a piece of wonderful jewelery. Look for a unique piece for you mum; it can be a necklace
Necklace for mum

or a bracelet
a bracelet for mum
and you can go the extra mile and have it engraved for her. It makes for a special gift which she will appreciate and never forget.

4. Amari Mothers' Day Fruit bread Gift Basket

Small fruit bread gift basket
Of course you could also get your mum one of our lovely fruit bread gift baskets! A bread gift basket is a great idea to get her so she can indulge her sweet tooth with our delicious fruit breads. It has a selection of each of our sweet and moist fruit breads; Banana, Orange and Lemon breads. It comes in two sizes; Small and medium size. She will absolutely love you for it ^_^! Get her one today!
Medium fruit bread gift basket
5. Fruit Gift Basket

Fruit Gift basket

Another great gift basket idea is a fruit gift basket. Get her a selection of her favorite fruits and she will feel truly appreciated. They are available in some supermarkets or green grocers. I have also spotted some being sold opposite The Nairobi Hospital, they always look very delicious! She will enjoy this healthy and thoughtful gift.

6. Perfume

Most ladies love and appreciate perfume, surely your mum is no exception. Perfume is a glamorous gift to get for her as well as very thoughtful. If you know which particular scent she prefers, get her a bottle of it and present her gift to her. Whenever she wears it, she will always think of you and that's bonus mum points for you ^_^!
7. Home Spa Treatment

Sometimes a lady needs to unwind at home after a long day. Get your mum a home spa treatment which she can relax with at home and she will truly love it. Most of the spa products are easily available in supermarkets or beauty stores. Have them gift-wrapped for her and you will be her No.1 for contributing to her peace of mind.
Home spa products
8. Ceramic monogrammed Mugs

A monogrammed mug is a simple yet thoughtful gift for that special mum in your life. Mums love relaxing in the morning or evening having a nice cup of tea. Get her a mug that she can use and always think of you while sipping her tea. Monogrammed ceramic mugs are available in most supermarkets or gift shops. If possible get her one with a special "mum" message, she'll love it!
Cute mug

9. Massage and Spa Treatment

Treat your mum to a Spa package to one of her favorite spas, or any good spa you know of. There are several great spas in Nairobi; especially in the Westlands or Hurlingham area. They offer massage and spa packages which you can purchase for you mum to go to and relax. You can bet she will never forget her gift ^_^!
Spa relaxation
10. Framed Family Potrait

Mums are very sentimental individuals. Get a picture of your family and have it blown up and framed in a beautiful frame. Have it gift-wrapped and when you present it to her; the look on her face will explain just how great your gift is. If you have a photo any size, you can just go to any quality photo studio and have it blown up to the size you would prefer. Then purchase a unique frame and voila! You have a gift ready.
Frame for family potrait
Make sure you get your mum or/and that special mother figure in you life something special to appreciate her this Mothers' Day. Happy gift shopping ^_^!

"Mothers hold their childrens' hands for a short while, but their hearts forever."

Saturday, 5 May 2012

8 Steps to a very Healthy Herbal Juice in Nairobi!

I recently met a very wonderful customer who commented on how good our Banana bread was and how she would order so often she might need to start going to a gym to keep the weight off. Well, since we would love to keep having our customers coming back and still stay healthy. I suggest a balance of Banana bread or any of our other fruit breads and then once in a while, try out our Brown Banana Bread, it's made with whole meal wheat flour and honey is substituted for sugar. Also maintaining a healthy diet of good foods and beverages while indulging in a bit of sweet foods ^_^! I've decided to share this recipe for a herbal juice that my mum introduced me too. I take it often and also when I decide to detox (once in three years at least). It's a step towards a healthy balance in life. The good thing about these ingredients is that they are easily available in the fresh-produce market at very reasonable prices. Try it out!

Beetroot Juice

2 pcs Beetroot - Medium (or 4 pcs small size)
- 2 cloves Garlic
- 3 pcs Karela - Small size
- 2 pcs Ginger Root
- 3 pcs Lemons
- 250ml Honey
- 2 1/2 Litres Water


1.) Wash the beetroot thoroughly and cut of both ends. Wash the ginger root, lemons and karela as well and set aside.
2.) Grate the ginger root; slice the lemons in quarters and place both in a pan, pour in the water and heat it until it boils.
Ginger & Lemon in pot boiling
3.) While the ginger and lemon mixture is heating. Grate the beetroot
Grated Beetroot
and Karela and set aside.
Grated Karela
4.) Peel the garlic and wash the pieces,
peeled garlic
cut garlic into pieces and put them into a mortar and pestle. Crush them for about 2 - 3 minutes.
Crushed garlic in a mortar with a pestle
5.) When the ginger and lemon mixture boils, take it off the heat. Cover and let it simmer for about 10 minutes.
6.) Uncover the pot and add the garlic, beetroot and karela to the ginger and lemon mixture. Let it simmer for 35 - 45 minutes.
7.) Using a large sieve, sift the juice into a jug and add the honey to the juice. Mix in the honey with a wooden spoon.

8.) Serve. You can now enjoy your healthy herbal beetroot juice!
Beetroot Juice
 Do you have any other berbal or healthy juice recipes you like? Do share ^_^!