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Win a pediatric first aid course from Safety Skills Training Worldwide!

Win a pediatric first aid course from Safety Skills Training Worldwide!

15% off Virgin Atlantic flights to London!

15% off Virgin Atlantic flights to London!

What the Lush Sleepy phenomenon tells us about motherhood…

What the Lush Sleepy phenomenon tells us about motherhood…

Oops I did it again – the truth about postpartum incontinence

Oops I did it again – the truth about postpartum incontinence

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

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

Discovering baby-friendly Bali

Discovering baby-friendly Bali

Tried and tested: wedding dress dry cleaning by Champion Cleaners

Tried and tested: wedding dress dry cleaning by Champion Cleaners

7 things to love about the new Bugaboo Bee 5

7 things to love about the new Bugaboo Bee 5

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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 […]


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Book vs real life: 30 weeks pregnant

  It’s 6.15am, and I’m sitting in the living room, the Christmas tree lights on, carols playing via YouTube and the call to prayer just audible. I’m contemplating a slice of Christmas cake because toast feels like too much hassle.   I’m also thinking about having a bit of a cry, because, well, I don’t […]


Toddler-friendly recipes: easy baked eggs

    With the kids on Christmas holidays, many of us have a bit more time in the morning to enjoy a family breakfast. These baked eggs by chef (and mum of two) Lyndsay from I Eat My Peas are a brilliant breakfast dish that everyone can enjoy. My 23-month-old is a bit hit-or-miss with […]


Book vs real life: 29 weeks pregnant

    Sorry to anyone who’s not in Dubai but… Isn’t the weather amazing? I just want to be outside all the time. And it bodes well for long walks to get this baby out come February, then long walks to get this baby weight off.   We spent the weekend in Ras Al Khaimah […]

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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