Monday, March 18, 2019


What an amazing month March turned out to be, we celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary for an entire week, starting of at Le Meridien Al Aqah and finishing at Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa, with a trip to Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Emirates Golf Club inbetween!!  The weather has finally broken and we are experiencing a rise in temperatures, it's no secret I prefer the hotter months over the cooler ones. It's Easter this month, so I hope the Easter Bunny is really kind to you all. Have a fabulous month wherever are you are.


Exciting news for 13-17 year olds in Dubai!

Teens Club Culture is a brand new social club for teenagers aged 13-17 in Dubai. TCC aims to get UAE teens out of the malls at the weekends through a variety of weekly events and activities. Fun activities, sports, classes, movie screenings, beach parties and music gigs, are just a small part of their action-packed events calendar, all to take place in a safe and secure environment. No adults are allowed at events but REPS aged 18-21 will be in attendance, not to mention plenty of venue staff to ensure the teens have a great time and stay safe. All events will be completely catered for them, so they can hang out with their friends, have the chance to win some great prizes and just have a lot of fun really!

TCC kick-starts its impressive calendar with a launch extravaganza on Friday 23rd September, at Aquaventure beach, Atlantis, The Palm, and will feature artists such as Chipmunk, Mann and local band set to conquer the world, Juliana Down. It starts at 5:00pm and ends at 10:30pm. The dress code is beach casual because the the rapids section will be open for the teens to splash about in, as well as beach games and a scooter park, not to mention the main attraction...the stage on the beach! Kris Fade from Virgin Radio will be hosting the stage entertainment from 6:30 to 10:30 pm.

The launch event is members-only, and only the 1st 3000 members get to go, so if you know any teens who don’t want to miss out on this fantastic opportunity, they need to sign up online with their parents (credit card payment required) or buy a membership pack from Virgin Megastore and validate the unique code on the website.

The sponsors are well-chosen, teen-related and responsible. The events will allow teenagers to get some fresh air and fun. Because it’s  brand new, TCC is still developing its ideas for more activities, so the sooner they get teens signed up and giving them feedback, the sooner they can tailor the activities to their likes and dislikes.

For updates and further information visit their website, and Like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter...There’s a chance to win some great prizes once they get their likes and followers up!



Birthday's are always a time to celebrate and today is no different.  One of the great functions that we have on facebook is that lovely notification that reminds us of forthcoming Birthdays.  Well a few days ago I was notified of a Birthday that is taking place today and felt that the Birthday Boy in question deserved a special mention, he has a very important job, one that makes us all very very happy.  Yes it is Chris Perry's Birthday today, and for those of you who don't recognise the name Chris is the General Manager at Wild Wadi Waterpark.  A VERY important man indeed!!

Some would think this a cushy number but I know for a fact that Chris works really long hours, has very difficult challenges to confront on a daily basis and manages, along with his team literally hundreds of staff.

Happy Birthday Chris from all of us, and thank you for keeping Wild Wadi wonderful!!

Chris shares his Birthday with another special little person, Happy 1st Birthday to Maya Crane!!  I don't have to tell you how special you are to your Mummy and Daddy, the twitterati were around to follow your Mum right through pregnancy and the special day you came into their lives.

To everyone sharing a Birthday today I wish you all very Happy Birthday.


We all know that one of the secrets of taking good care of our skin is hydration, we MUST keep our skin continuously hydrated especially as we are living the harsh climate of the UAE.  On and off for as long as I can remember I have tried various different skin creams in various different price ranges. I no longer bother with the top end stuff as I find that the results it gives (if any) are rarely any different to the lower end price ranges like Ponds and Olay.   

One product that have gone back to over and over again which really suits my skin is Boots No 7 Intensive Moisture Face Mask.  This rich creamy pump action mask is superb. You can apply and leave on, then wipe off after ten minutes or use it as I have been, by applying a thin layer and leaving it overnight. It smells divine and you will see the results.  Fine lines that appear on our skin around our eye areas and forehead are often due to dehydration as opposed to anti-ageing, and all we need to do to reduce these lines is to add moisture back into our bodies via increasing our water intake or super hydrating products like this one.  I have noticed a visible difference to my skin in just two weeks.

Available at Boots it can often be found as part of their buy one get one free offer, this is a MUST for all you ladies out there who are conscious about keeping your skin well moisturised.


Yes at long last it is September and the last minute rush to buy school uniforms, school bags and healthy snack box foods is upon us.  For some of us we have had years of experience of this, what seems like an enormous task when in reality we do the majority of it every Saturday evening throughout the term time.

I am sure I am not the only Mother who has spent 20 minutes battling in the stationery section of Carrefour pleading with their child, begging them not to buy yet another Pretty Kitty rubber or Ben Ten pen. It's just another commercial revolution, the "Back to School" bonanza, what a waste of time and energy. Stick some pencils in a fluffy 7 dhs pencil case from Daiso and pack them off to school with a smile on their face.

This year Mitten enters year three, I can't believe where the years have gone, this is the start of her 5th year at school and she is only 7!

Just remember that it really doesn't matter what they achieve or if they have the trendiest school bag known to the Beckham's.  What is important is that they are happy and that they enjoy their time at school, each and every minute of it.  School is not a competition created by parents to ensure their child is the most liked, but a place where children develop their skills and personalities and become the people we hope and pray they will come.

Tomorrow, with pride, I will thank God for giving me the opportunity to me a Mother, it's the best thing in the world.  I know the house will feel empty without her, it's going to take me a while to adapt to the silence but at least it will give me a chance to write, something I haven't done much of over the Summer due to one thing and another.

All children are a blessing, just make sure your remember that.


If you are partial to preserves you are going to love Well Preserved.  Two of my lovely talented friends have teamed up together to launch Well Preserved, an amazing collection of hand-made preserves, using only fresh produce to create a tantalizing range of high quality jams, jellies, marmalades, relishes and chutney.

Keren and Jenny both have full time careers but their love of making preserves lead them to deciding to launch Well Preserved this weekend at the monthly Arte Event at Times Square.  I have been fortunate enough over recent months to be able to test their range as they have spent time experimenting and perfecting their range.

The range will be seasonal, according to availability of produce but currently includes Apricot Jam, Cherry jam (heaven), Blackberry & Apple Jam, Three Fruit Marmalade, Apple Jelly (my favourite), Sweet Chilli Jelly, Onion Marmalade, Date and Orange Chutney, Mango Chutney and Mint Relish.

Well Preserved will be celebrating their launch this Friday (9th Sept) at Arte, Times Square from 12 Noon til 7 pm.  I would like to wish them both all the success they deserve, this exquisite collection of handmade preserves has been created with love, passion and dedication.

Congratulations Keren and Jenny I hope your future is Well Preserved ...

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Taken from Paul Abbott's critically acclaimed, offbeat drama about the rollercoaster lives and loves of the dysfunctional Gallagher clan, Shameless.  One of the best dramas to hit our screens in the last 10 years.

They say you shouldn't judge books by covers and you shouldn't,
but people with nothing don't have to be nothing you know,
and by the same token people with something aren't necessarily something,
Lots of folk love the queen and the royal family, they think they're nice
they've got all those houses, palaces and estates, s**t loads of cash and jewels;
and yet they still hold out gloved hands for more,
and yet you can go travelling and meet some of the poorest people on earth and they will tear their last piece of bread in half to share with you,
don't presume that someone is nice just because they look nice,
and don't presume someone is a k**bhead just because they look like a k**bhead,
don't care about the way people look but care about what they do,
it's actions not appearances, and if you're not nice one way or another somehow you will burn

Shameless 2011
(closing Speech Series 8 Episode 15)

Dedicated to Derek and Mark


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