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My little black book: 2018 edition

My little black book: 2018 edition

Stranger danger and tricky people

Stranger danger and tricky people

Party time at Mattel Play Town

Party time at Mattel Play Town

FOUND: A mattress for you – and your bump!

FOUND: A mattress for you – and your bump!

FREE downloadable family wall planner for 2018!

FREE downloadable family wall planner for 2018!

How to give up the dummy (for dummies)

How to give up the dummy (for dummies)

Truth time: it took me six months to bond with my baby

Truth time: it took me six months to bond with my baby

The honest review: 2018 Honda Odyssey

The honest review: 2018 Honda Odyssey

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What the Lush Sleepy phenomenon tells us about motherhood…

I’ve just covered my two-and-a-half year old in Lush’s body lotion, Sleepy. ‘Slathered’ might be a more accurate term, as she now smells like a lavender-soaked granny and is damper than an otter’s pocket. It’s the third night of us using this so-called wonder product, and I have to say that we haven’t noticed a […]


Oops I did it again – the truth about postpartum incontinence

    During my first pregnancy we attended a couples’ class for hypnobirthing and yoga for birth, where there was much talk of perineum massage (no, it’s not available at SensAsia Spa), and the pelvic floor.   One couple, who I’d describe as a bit ‘knit-your-own-yoghurt’ told the class that they’d bought a special gadget […]


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Five to try: ladies’ nights (that actually feed you)

    Long gone are the/my nights of flocking to whichever bar gave ladies the most sparkling rosé on a Tuesday night, spending the evening wearing the highest heels and flicking hair. These days if I’m getting together with friends I want three things: A chair (bar stools don’t count – they’re anxiety-inducing) Someone to […]


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Discovering baby-friendly Bali

  Bali is the stuff of Instagram dreams, all pools looking out over lush jungle, private villas, surfing on beautiful beaches, temples, waterfalls and sunsets. But how does that translate to a family holiday? Especially when you have a baby in tow? We visited Bali, flying from Dubai, this summer, with two-year-old Phoebe and four-month-old […]


Tried and tested: wedding dress dry cleaning by Champion Cleaners

  It’s coming up to three years since we got married, and we’re yet to have a wedding album made, and until this week, my wedding gown was still hanging up in my wardrobe, complete with grass stains and drink spills. Life gets in the way, doesn’t it? But with two daughters I got thinking. […]


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7 things to love about the new Bugaboo Bee 5

  I’ve fallen in love. I thought it was a crush at first – some very good looks caught my eye, but the more we get to know each other, I realise that this is the real thing.   Don’t worry. My husband knows. Sometimes we spend time all together. I think he’s quite smitten […]


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The last time I’ll ever breastfeed

  So I had this lovely idea of documenting the last time I breastfed Tabitha. Not for sharing, just to have. We’d be gazing at each other and it would be beautiful. I realised yesterday that she hadn’t had the boob in a week, so checked I still had a little milk left when I […]


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10 to try – my must-haves when travelling with a young family

    First thing’s first. I’m no expert. I was just a mum with a boarding card in her hand, two weeks with the family stretching out ahead of her, and a sense of dread that this ‘holiday’ might not be very relaxing! Acceptance that trips have changed is the first step to enjoyment. When travelling […]


Why fed is best – for everyone

      I’d forgotten how hard (SO HARD – and painful) those first few weeks are after having a baby, but the big difference I’ve noticed between being a first time and second time mum is confidence. I don’t just mean deftly changing a nappy or not being scared when it’s bath time, but […]


The two words I needed to hear

I’m finding that having kids not only opens your heart to loving someone unconditionally – to even in the hardest, most frustrating moment knowing that you’d do anything for that little person – but to being loved unconditionally too. Toddlers don’t think logically, they throw themselves into everything, from running bare bottomed around the house, […]

ABOUT ME

the mothership

I’m Helen Farmer, an editor and journalist, mum to 3-year-old Phoebe and one-year-old Tabitha, wife to Nick and a mummy blogger in Dubai (even though I don’t really identify as one, but I blog, and I’m a mum, so there you go). I’ve been living in the Middle East for the last 10 years, working in books, magazines and broadcasting, shedding some light on the good and bad of life, work and motherhood in the UAE.

ABOUT THE BLOG

The Mothership is for you if you’re a busy, active mum who can’t stand small talk, bad info and twee blogs that make out that mothering is all unicorns and rose petals, instead of admitting that you can love your child so much it terrifies you – while still wanting a night in alone watching The Great British Bake Off with a double G&T or a night out pretending you don’t have children.

 

Time Out Dubai Kids Awards 2016 - Winner - Parent Blog of 2016

 

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FREE downloadable family wall planner for 2018!

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My little black book: 2018 edition

    I first wrote down my recommendations for everything from handymen to hairdressers more than two years ago. Times changes, people
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Stranger danger. That was the phrase growing up that we were taught (and it rhymed, so that helps). But I’ve
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