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7 things to love about the new Bugaboo Bee 5

7 things to love about the new Bugaboo Bee 5

The last time I’ll ever breastfeed

The last time I’ll ever breastfeed

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

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

Why fed is best – for everyone

Why fed is best – for everyone

The two words I needed to hear

The two words I needed to hear

Share the love this Ramadan

Share the love this Ramadan

Why I’m putting down my phone while feeding my baby

Why I’m putting down my phone while feeding my baby

Sleep advice for mums of newborns (yeah, right)

Sleep advice for mums of newborns (yeah, right)

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Book vs real life: 33 weeks pregnant

    After my doctor’s revelation at last week’s scan (read it here) I’ve had the words ‘very big baby’ haunting every waking moment. And a few dreams too. Thanks to everyone in the Facebook group who was so encouraging with their stories about inaccurate measurements – the reassurances were much-needed!   This week has […]


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Win! A hotel stay, spa visit and even babysitting with Premier Inn

  We’re looking for the UAE’s most deserving – and sleep deprived – parents. Is this you? Do you dream of a good night’s sleep, and waking up when you’ve had enough rest NOT when your children dictate? I feel your pain! But you could win a prize for those dark circles and constant yawns… […]


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Listen here – The Mothership on The Learning Curve podcast

  As a journalist I’m used to asking the questions, being the one who knows where an interview is going, so being a guest on Nicholla Henderson-Hall’s podcast, The Learning Curve, was a refreshing change, if a bit scary!   Nicholla’s series of podcasts focus on female entrepreneurs across the Middle East, with her 104 (and […]


Toddler-friendly recipe: sweet potato laksa

    Just yesterday, as I’m thinking ahead to the week’s eating (my favourite topic) and rolling my eyes at serving spag bol AGAIN, Lyndsay from I Eat My Peas sends over this recipe for family-friendly laksa. Hurrah! We made it last night – for all three of us – and it’s super-easy, and really tasty. […]


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In praise of the babymoon

    While I fear babymoons (definition: the short break an expectant couple takes before the birth of a child, who will later rob them of lie-ins and dinners after 7pm) are something of a new-fangled fad, there’s no denying the appeal.   With my first pregnancy we combined honeymoon and babymoon (long story, but […]


Book vs real life: 32 weeks pregnant

    I’ve hit a wall of exhaustion. And am the size of a house/back of a bus/woman who’s 32 weeks pregnant and wasn’t petite to begin with. I actually don’t FEEL that big, then get a shock when I see myself in profile, or in a photo.     Gulp.   Helpfully (ahem) my husband […]


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Recipe of the week: toddler-friendly ‘Nutella’

  Forget the new diet – and make Nutella instead! This week’s recipe from chef and mum of two Lyndsay from I Eat My Peas is a sure-fire crowd-pleaser. She says… “Nutella disappears in the blink of an eye in our household, so I now make this mixed nut version that makes us feel a little better […]


FREE downloadable 2017 family wall planner!

  Confession time: I mock my husband A LOT for his planning. He’s the king of Excel, with our holidays, family meet-ups and more, all plotted out in colour-coded glory. But guess what? It works. So that shuts me up. Last year he created a huge (A0) wall planner for our kitchen, and it helped […]


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Book vs real life: 31 weeks pregnant

    I’m surveying the post-Christmas wreckage; a plastic dinosaur is staring at me from the dining table, Phoebe’s presents have been put back in her sack with a distant dream of us re-introducing them gradually (yeah right), a pile of chocolate coins sit on the arm of the chair and my treasured ‘fir balsam’ […]


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Toddler-friendly recipes: turkey filo pie

  Do you have a fridge full of Christmas leftovers? Us too. Thankfully, chef and mum of two Lyndsay from I Eat My Peas (home of weaning and kiddie recipes) pinged over this game-changer, transforming bits and pieces to Turkey Filo Pie. You can use leftover turkey or chicken (or perfect for when you buy […]

ABOUT ME

the mothership

I’m Helen Farmer, an editor and journalist, mum to 2-year-old Phoebe and baby 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 online, 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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2017 MOTHERSHIP WALLPLANNER

FREE downloadable 2017 family wall planner!

  Confession time: I mock my husband A LOT for his planning. He's the king of Excel, with our holidays, family
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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,
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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.
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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
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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
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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,
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Share the love this Ramadan

How's this for an easy way to do your bit this Ramadan? Have a clear out of your wardrobe and Uber
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Why I’m putting down my phone while feeding my baby

  In the early days of breastfeeding it wasn’t unusual for me to have baby on boob for hours at a
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Sleep advice for mums of newborns (yeah, right)

I get asked a lot about sleeping tips. Here's my advice: you are pretty much powerless when it comes to
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