May 8, 2016

In praise of The Kiddie Cage

We have two dogs. They were in our lives long before the kiddie came along, and we were aware that while there might need to be a few changes, they certainly shouldn’t feel like they were being punished just because we decided to expand the family. Luckily, Phoebe isn’t a very light sleeper when it […]

January 13, 2016

A love letter to our nanny

Loreta came into our lives when I was six months pregnant. The sister of a friend’s nanny, she wasn’t happy with her current family for reasons too awful to go into (but needless to say she was paid badly, treated worse and hadn’t seen her passport in two years) so was looking for a new […]

November 17, 2015

Why you should adopt an older dog

A puppy’s smushed up face and cartoon eyes might make your ovaries explode, but an older dog can truly make a house a home. As we found out. November is Senior Dogs Month, but that’s every month at our house, where 10-year-old cocker spaniel Lizzie reigns supreme. And rightly so. She joined our family almost […]

November 11, 2015

You give me road rage: the 10 worst offenders on Dubai roads

I don’t use the C word often, but there are some real clowns on Dubai roads at the moment. Maybe I’m noticing it more because my baby is often on board, and with seriously precious cargo I feel a bit more vulnerable, it’s possible that the quality of driving is getting worse, or perhaps after […]

October 12, 2015

10 things to take to hospital when you give birth in Dubai

Here in the UAE we’re pretty lucky when it comes to the maternity ward – mums get to enjoy private rooms, en-suite bathrooms, movies on demand and more. But what essentials can you take to make the birth a little easier? Apart from drugs, of course. 1. For the baby Most hospitals will provide nappies […]

August 26, 2015

Five signs you need a Dubai detox

I don’t know about you, but every two months or so I have what I call ‘a Dubai wobble’. Much like when I need my hair cut and decide one morning that I must have my fringe chopped IMMEDIATELY, the Dubai wobble sneaks up on you, then suddenly you realise you gotta get out of […]

August 12, 2015

Giving away my secrets (part one)

Until recently I was in a permanent state of disgust over a) the price of greetings cards here and b) the quality of greetings cards here. It’s pretty tiring being in a permanent state of disgust. Then Typo opened at BOXPARK. This Aussie stationery/gift/homewares shop didn’t open with much fanfare but hardcore lovers of all […]

August 11, 2015

A note on dogs and babies

We adopted Lizzy, our beautiful old lady cocker spaniel, around two and a half years ago, adding Jarvis to the brood a few months later. In truth, they were great practice for having a child, with poo, bills and responsibility, and I saw a new side to my husband, as he lay on the floor […]

August 11, 2015

What really happens on a newborn photoshoot

Whether you have had photos taken of your own freshly born offspring or just seen the results via facebook (all the darn time), perhaps we should lift the lid on what actually happens behind the scenes. The timing. There is a very, very small window of opportunity for having the ‘optimum’ images of the baby […]

August 9, 2015

Welcome to the mothership

Necessity is the mother of invention, and Dubai is in need of a voice that tells mums that it’s ok if you’re: Not wearing a bikini, heels and jewellery at a beach club a fortnight after giving birth (I’m still enthusiastically enjoying maternity leggings and the sprog is 6 months old). Back at work and (whisper it) […]

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