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FOUND: A mattress for you – and your bump!

FOUND: A mattress for you – and your bump!

7 to see: my family-friendly picks of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

7 to see: my family-friendly picks of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

FREE downloadable family wall planner for 2018!

FREE downloadable family wall planner for 2018!

What I want for Christmas, by Tabitha, age nearly 10 months

What I want for Christmas, by Tabitha, age nearly 10 months

How to give up the dummy (for dummies)

How to give up the dummy (for dummies)

FOUND! The ultimate UAE gifts from Yislamoo

FOUND! The ultimate UAE gifts from Yislamoo

Must-have custom children’s books by Story For Me  

Must-have custom children’s books by Story For Me  

How to… keep kids happy in the car

How to… keep kids happy in the car

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How to decorate your nursery like a pro

  For many of us, one of the most exciting parts of pregnancy is getting our homes ready for the new arrival, with Pinterest boards ablaze with inspiration shots, and endless mall trawls to find exactly the right accessory.  If you don’t know where to start, read on, as artist, designer, photographer and founder of Design […]


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Book vs real life: 22 weeks pregnant

    Oh the hormones, the unrelenting hormones! This week I have been absolutely foul, raging at the world (I nearly lost it at the waiter in Pantry Café when he said they didn’t have baby changing facilities and I had to change Phoebe on the toilet floor) then full of smiles the next day. My poor […]


WIN! Cleaning vouchers from Helpling

    Sometimes you just come to a point where you need an extra helping hand around the house. Maybe the ironing has been piling up for days, or you’ve run out of clean dishes, and the last thing you want to do is scrub your home from top to bottom. Quite rightly, you’d rather […]


What it’s like to be plus-size and pregnant

    First of all, let’s determine what I mean by plus-size. While Karl Lagerfeld et al might think anyone over a UK size 12 needs to have their jaw wired shut, my definition is size 16 and upwards, and as a size 18, I’m firmly in this camp.   There are a number of […]


A (pregnant) doctor’s guide to the three trimesters

        Ever wondered what a pregnant doctor thinks of pregnancy? And how it has changed their perceptions? Here Dr Yasmin Ohlsson shares her insights, from day one to the third trimester…   I’ve seen scores of pregnant women over the years with everything from horrendous heartburn to super-sized swelling. Not to mention […]


Book vs real life: 21 weeks pregnant

    What a week… I’ve been feeling like a neglectful mother due to a few big work projects and a photoshoot (I have really missed Phoebe, only making it home for her bedtime on a couple of occasions and hardly seeing her on Friday), but hey ho – gotta bring home the facon. That’s […]


Team blue or team pink? The gender reveal!

    As much as I’d love to bake a cake and video us cutting it open, revealing blue or pink sponge, or release a box full of coloured balloons a la Giuliana Rancic, or any of the many (MANY) gender reveal ideas I’ve seen on Pinterest, well, I’m a tired pregnant working woman and […]


Introducing the charming, whimsical world of Maluco

      Sometimes a store comes along and you just want to get lost in it – whether it’s bricks and mortar or a little slice of online shopping heaven. I first saw Maluco on Instagram (you can start swooning here) and was instantly enchanted, from the doll houses of my childhood dreams to quirky, […]


WIN! ‘now! Minimo’ nursery furniture from Kaiser

  Want to add some fun to your little one’s nursery? Children have fabulous ideas about what to do with furniture: jumping over the bed like a tiger, climbing up the wardrobe like a mountaineer or building a cuddly toy hut using a chest. There are no limits to their imagination. And now’s your chance […]


Book vs real life: 20 weeks pregnant

    Halfway there! In some ways this is a ‘hurrah’ week, marking the mid-point of the pregnancy, but I think back to finding out I was pregnant, and it feels like years ago. Which means that the birth is a weird, abstract distance away, and it doesn’t feel real at all.   Happily, however, […]

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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.

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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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