The kiddies had a lot of fun playing in the bath today. Swimming pools are closed, it’s too cold to get outside in a paddling pool so we put our swimming costumes on and pretended!

The kids had loads of fun making sparkly bath water and foaming soap shapes with @kidsstuffcrazy products. It’s amazing how fun products like this can keep the kiddies entertained for hours.

They literally played in the bath for an hour. The water had gone cold by the time they got out. It was the perfect indoor fun activity, especially as it was wet outside today.

If you’re homeschooling and self isolating with young children why not make a fun bath and invite the kids to make a mess with whatever you have in the bathroom! We also tried to make our own bubble bath using washing up liquid and #citrus juice - it wasn’t a nice smell 😂 the kiddies will try again in the week.

You can get the Magical Sparkle bubble bath and Foaming Soap from Kids Stuff Crazy at @superdrug - check out my review on the blog. #linkinbio

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The kiddies had a lot...

Today has been a busy day, but nice and chilled at the same time. We let the kiddies have iPad and Xbox time this morning; our homeschool doesn’t give out homework! They built some cool stuff in Minecraft and worked together. Which was nice to see.

After lunch we took a longer walk than in the week, across the river. This is a walking route that is direct from our doorstep and took us 90 minutes in total, part of our one exercise a day under lockdown rules. It was nice to get some fresh air and just talk about whatever comes into our heads. We spoke about a lot of random things. 7 & 9 year olds do come out with some funny comments. Noahs favourites are “would you rathers”. We got home and Daddy made a delicious roast dinner and I did a deep #clean in the bathroom. Then had a long hot bath!

No rush for any of these things as we seemingly have about 12 weeks of working at home and possibly months of homeschooling. I just hope we can have family over soon as we miss them all.

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Today has been a busy...

I am running a day behind 🤦🏼‍♀️ I keep falling asleep and not posting my photos. I’ll catch up today... This is #fresh. Getting out in the fresh air has been a complete dream over the past week. When you’re told you can’t do something, it makes you want to do it more. Like when Hubby said we have to be careful about the food we eat, I wanted to eat it all!

This photo was the kiddies playing football with Daddy whilst I walked with them with the doggies. It’s something that’s becoming a habit after we finish homeschooling.

It’s a shame as Daddy normal gets out all of the time. On a typical Sunday he’ll go out for a 3 hour bike ride in the mornings. Possibly go swimming with the kids too. Walk the dogs with us later in the afternoon. I think this “1 exercise” rule will be effecting him more than anyone else I know. It’s also makes family decisions hard, if Daddy goes out on his bike he can’t walk with us. It’s very necessary with the lockdown rules. 
Just think how much we’ll all appreciate a long bike ride and driving to the beach for the day when all of this is over.

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Until tomorrow...

Until tomorrow...

I love Lush products, they smell good enough to eat (or #drink) and are amazing. They have a range of handmade soaps that come in all shapes and smells.

This particular soap is called “Parsley Porridge” and it’s packed with antibacterial tea tree infusion, antimicrobial fresh parsley and thyme. Crucially, it also contains fresh aloe gel which helps to soothe your hands and the anti-inflammatory fine ground oatmeal gently exfoliates your hands too.

It’s perfect at the moment, my hands are like reptile skin where I’ve washed them more than normal. This has helped to soothe them and my hands are starting to feel a lot softer.

All of the @lush soaps are self preserving. They are made with natural ingredients that keep the soap clean!

I have also got Karma (my absolute favourite smell) and Sea Vegetable. They all smell INCREDIBLE.

This is not an ad. I bought them all myself. I just think they are amazing products, the company has a good ethos and they even recycle their own pots in its own recycling plant!

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I love Lush products, they...

I was so tired yesterday I completely forgot to post, so this is a capture from our Day 4! That sky is just unreal. I have loved the sun so much, it looks glorious. I think it’s definitely helped get me through the week.

I found it tough yesterday, I think because it’s just non stop. Parent... homeschooling... work... parent. I need to space things out a bit I think so I can chill in-between tasks. The same for the kids. They seemed irritable and frustrated yesterday too.

People keep telling me the kiddies will be home until September, which I really don’t understand. But if that’s the case I’m definitely going to have to consider using some of my annual leave so I can break the weeks up. I can get the kiddies involved in some #diy, and we can spend the day doing fun things together.

How are you finding the homeschooling  and working from home juggle?

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I was so tired yesterday...

Its been lovely to get out and #walk after our homeschooling and working from home plans. I can imagine it would be quite a challenge if we couldn’t get out into the great outdoors.

It was especially nice to get out and make the most of the sunset. The sun has been glorious this week. It’s almost like Mother Nature knew we needed something positive and glorious to keep up our spirits.

Today has been quite stressful, I had to conduct 2 interviews and I was quite paranoid the kiddies would walk in half way through. Thankfully they didn’t! They have no idea what an interview is... 😂 Back to our normal homeschooling routine tomorrow. Phew!

How has everyone else got on today?

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We had PE in the garden this morning, following @thebodycoach #PEWithJoe. It was beautifully sunny and the perfect weather to get outside.

Albeit our garden isn’t finished (Daddy has 1 more day of laying the slabs) and he’s building a flower bed against the fence so it looks prettier... our outside space made me #smile.

It’s amazing how it’s all coming together and how absolutely essential this space will be over the Spring and Summer!

My first day of homeschooling will the kiddies and I’ve had a blast. Haha. I’ve marked their work, said “well done” 9,999 times and managed to get 2 washing loads done!

I am sure this positivity will diminish over the next few weeks, but I’m going to try my best to not let it.

My tips: 📖 Mix up the tasks frequently 🐈 Include the pets 🏡 Get out in the garden as much as possible 💭 Have some quiet time, alone, if you can

Hubby & I are co-homeschooling and working from home. I do homeschooling until lunch then work, and vice versa. It’s going to be tough, as I know already we’ve squealed and been loud whilst Daddy’s been on the phone. But, THIS IS LIFE now and there’s absolutely no point getting worked up about it. 👊🏻 We can do this!

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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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4 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.

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