This is for yesterday’s prompt, I left my square black yesterday and so this is my Day 2 of the June Photo Challenge.

These guys always make me #smile. They have the ability to make me feel so very angry and then laugh only 5 minutes later. I’m glad they don’t hold a grudge or stay angry for too long.

I remember this moment well, they were giggling about the dogs. The dogs wandered around them chewing on the grass and Snoopy (our blind dog) nearly head butted Isla.

I love the bond they have developed over the past few months, with each other and the pets too. I’m not saying they love all day long (they bicker) but it’s not as much as they used to and it’s definitely determined by the amount of sleep they get.

Anyone else struggling to get their kids asleep but 10pm? I think Noah came down, in protest, 8 times last night to say he couldn’t sleep.

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This is for yesterday’s prompt,...

#blackouttuesday✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 #blackouttuesday

#blackouttuesday✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 #blackouttuesday

🌾 I adore this photo! Not sure what it is exactly: the colours, the wonky lines, the sun setting to the right or the children’s freedom. Or, all of it put together.

This was an ordinary moment captured on our dog walk, Sunday evening. It’s little moments like this, the accidental captures, that I love the most.

I had no idea at the time of taking it that I’d love it as much as I do. I can hear the #kiddies giggling and it makes me want to smile.

Well, it’s a late post. But I didn’t finish work until 10:30pm ish & I’ve been winding down.

I hope everyone had a lovely day.

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🌾 I adore this photo!...

Happy June everyone and here are the photo prompts for #mummyphotoaday, June photo challenge.

I’ve included lots of generic words as during lockdown there is quite a variation of photos. I love seeing how each person takes on the photo prompts, some absolutely stunning photos.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #mummyphotoaday so I can share the photos throughout the month, but so others can find you and like or comment. It really is such a lovely community.

So, what is everyone doing for June?

Happy June everyone and here...

My favourite pics from May #mummyphotoaday, the fun photo a day photo challenge. Thank you to everyone who has taken part, so many amazing photos to choose from.

The photo is tagged, but left to right:
📷 @mummuddlingthrough
📷 @otisandus.blog
📷 @socalshopgirl384
📷 @van_life_family_
📷 @ceeleah_and_the_small_humans
📷 @norfolk_kinsfolk
📷 @beautifully_defected
📷 @newmummyblog
📷 @typicalmummy

I’ve really loved seeing photos from everyone that joined in: @sahrazade @shareyourplaywithme @beatrix.hendrix.and.me @confessionsofacrummymummy @adventuresstartathome @anywaytostayathome @chaos_at_leitrim @_lisaslife_ @happinessisasunbeam @themummyeditorial

All you have to do to join in with this photo challenge is use the hashtag #mummyphotoaday. Take the keyword from the photo prompts and use that in your caption. We’ve got a lovely community that enjoy seeing each others posts.

Thank you to everyone who joined in. Looking forward to June!

My favourite pics from May...

We went out with a bang for May! We had a day of socially distancing with #family.

Today is Nanny’s birthday, so we watched her open her presents on the driveway, with a good few metres distance. It was horrible not to be able to celebrate the day with her as we always do. We know we will soon and hopefully they can come and spend time in the garden with us soon, due to the new rules.

The kiddies get super sad when we leave families. It’s not nice but I think they understand why we can’t see them properly. Albeit they do not like it!

To cheer us up we played diggers in the fields surrounding my Mums new barn renovation project. No worries about socially distancing over there it is literally fields and fields. The kids loved zooming up and down on the dumper. I think it’s called.

Then we knocked on Great Grandma’s door to blow her a kiss and let her see the kiddies for a few minutes. It’s just so hard.

But, it was so lovely to see family today. Even if from afar and for a short time. We haven’t seen them in the flesh for around a month and it felt so nice.

Here’s to June and another month of lockdown. We’ve still got this!

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We went out with a...

Yeah for the #weekend!! It seems to be the only time where tensions aren’t high and there is a calm amongst us.

We have no grand plans, obviously, but we do tend to get the dogs walked first thing (as it’s too hot later on) and then we do some gardening.

Yesterday I spent an hour pulling all the weeds and long grasses from the front garden. It looks so much neater now but I still have a lot of work to do.

I love this photo of us of all, we do not have many as we never sit still long enough 🤪 This is our family lockdown portrait though and it’s a nice memory: sunny days, rainbows and quality time together at home.

Do you have any special memories throughout this lockdown?

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Yeah for the #weekend!! It...

What a great #friyay it’s been! We spent the morning “washing” the food shopping, then went for a nice big walk around Godmanchester meadows. It was a beautiful walk and nice as there was a breeze which cooled us down.

Yes, I did say wash the shopping. Is anyone else doing this? I basically Zoflora all of the food shopping as I unpack it. The actual shopping process takes a lot longer and now I’ve added an extra 30 mins with the clean. We just want to be sure it’s not harbouring anything. Peace of mind if nothing else.

Then this afternoon we let the kids have movie time. They’ve been getting too hot in the garden. It is super hot in the garden, it seems to be a little sun trap. Which I’m not complaining about.

Daddy then took the kiddies to the park to play croquet and I had a snooze in the sun.

All in all it’s been a beautiful day and chilled. Probably one of my favourite Fridays.

What did you get up to?

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What a great #friyay it’s...

5 Dubai myths I am going to bust

I have heard a lot of rumours about Dubai, some I know are just that: rumours. But, some I have no idea about and whether they are literally just Dubai myths. I am tasking myself to find out if they are myths or if indeed it is true, either before we go to Dubai or whilst we are out there. I am fascinated about this place and I cannot wait to explore it all with my little family and some of our best friends.

Myth 1 – Women have to be covered up

This is not true at all. When our friends moved out to Dubai a few years ago, this was the biggest thing we talked about. What would the females of the family where? How does it work? What does it mean? It can be quite daunting when you go to a Country and there are so many rumours flying about. It turns out that we can wear what we like in Dubai. But with respect to their culture and rules it is sometimes not appropriate to have your shoulders on show. So, for example dining out or visiting The Dubai Mall, I will make sure I have a cardigan on and casual clothing. I wouldn’t walk down the high street in England in just a bikini, so I will most certainly not do it anywhere else. You can most definitely walk around with sleeveless dresses on though, and I have plenty of appropriate clothes to wear. I never wear skimpy items!

Myth 2 – You cannot drink alcohol

This again is not true. Alcohol is expensive in Dubai. I have been told to buy 1 Corona in Dubai, is the same as buying a 4 pack in England. So we know that there is a difference in price. You can drink alcohol in designated places like hotels and bars. However, you cannot walk around the streets with alcohol or be seen in public drunk. If you are walking around intoxicated, you could be arrested as it is a punishable offence. Don’t worry. We will not be drinking and stumbling around. We are staying with friends, so we will make sure any drinking occasions are done at home or in hotel premises. You can only buy alcohol from supermarkets if you have a liquor license too!

Myth 3 – Dubai is super hot…

Well yes I think this is true. However, December to March they have a cooler climate. During this time it even rains a little. Today, for example, it was 11°c in Cambridgeshire and 28°c in Dubai. That is February. I cannot imagine what it will be like when we visit. In the Summer months it can reach to around 50°c – now I understand why our friends head back to England for some cool down time! We have plenty of sun screen, after sun and hats to keep us going whilst we are there. Oh and appropriate footwear, I remember once being told the floor was too hot to walk on barefoot!

Myth 4 – I cannot hold Hubby’s hand in public

I recall there being some issues whereby English people have been arrested over public displays of affection. So I looked into this. It is true that a public display of affection is prohibited but only for NON MARRIED couples. As Hubby and I are married we are allowed to walk the streets holding hands. Phew. I did read that holding hands, in public, is our limit and that we should be respectful of the culture (which we will be) and not doing anything more than hold hands. No kissing in public! Obviously we are going to do everything in our power to be respectful and keep the children safe.

Myth 5 – everything is very expensive

So, I think this is true! I am guessing you can do things cheaper but everything looks so extravagant and amazing. Apparently, in the main hotels that we want to visit a family of 4 could eat lunch for about £100. Our plan is to get Privilee membership, which enables us to use certain hotels for free during the Dubai week (not weekends) which is amazing. We can visit the Waldorf Astoria hotel for example, use the swimming pools, hotel beach and gym if we wanted to. The Wild Wadi Waterpark is around £250 per family for the day, but we are looking at offers for this so we get it cheaper. There are some amazing things we can do for free though, for example visit the Burj Khalifa, Kite Beach or Jumeirah Beach Residence (I am so looking forward to going here).

We are very excited to see Dubai and we are starting to plan our trips and activities, we already have a Desert Safari trip booked up. I am so excited about it, you so much booked into the day. It is very exciting. Have you been Dubai? I would love to know any tips on where to go with the family? Do you know any more Dubai myths?

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5 Comments
  • Emma England
    February 23, 2020

    I’ve never been to Dubai but I have heard all sorts of rumours. Especially about public displays of affection and people being arrested. It’s great to have the myths busted.

  • Fiona jk42
    February 29, 2020

    I live in Abu Dhabi for 6 years, and visited Dubai and the other emirates. Although you can wear Western clothes and do not have to wear an abaya, you will attract a lot of unwanted attention if you wear skimpy clothes. I ended up buying an abaya so that I could wear it over my party clothes when I was in the street, and could then take it off when I got inside the nightclub or friend’s home.
    Also, when you visit Wild Wadi, wear shorts and a T shirt over your swimsuit. The reason is that young men position themselves near the rides, and will take videos of women on the rides, hoping for a “wardrobe malfunction”. Those photos are them passed around the young men. Even if your top only slips for a few seconds, someone will have snapped it and you will be used for their erotic fantasies.

  • Carolyn E
    March 16, 2020

    I have been to many counties, but never Dubai. Thanks for busting the myths.

  • lynn neal
    June 1, 2020

    Well I have heard of these things about Dubai also, thanks for checking them out and finding the facts!

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