10 fun things to do with kids in Dubai.

10 Fun things to do with kids in Dubai

So you’ve booked (or you’re thinking about booking) a holiday to Dubai and you want to know fun things to do with your kids whilst there?  Well, firstly congratulations (or if you fall into the latter camp – what the heck are you waiting for?)  you are in for a fun-filled family holiday and here […]

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From lost to found

From lost to found

I have this great little sheer black camisole top that is an absolute staple in my wardrobe – it goes with so many things and is a mandatory requirement in the make-up of a lot of my outfits.  A new day dawned and another opportunity arose to wear said camisole.  But it was nowhere to […]

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Breaking the age barrier

Breaking the age barrier

Have you ever shelved a dream you held because you believe you’re just too old?  Do you harbour regret that the opportunity has passed you by because you didn’t grab it when you were younger?  Well, here’s some news for you, whilst some things have a minimum age limit, hardly anything in life has a […]

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Living.Pretty.Happy at the Four Seasons Hotel, Hampshire.

Living.Pretty.Happy at the Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire

In need of a short family break, we wanted to go somewhere the kids could have fun, but that would allow us some time to ourselves for a bit of pampering and relaxation.  Oh yes, I nearly forgot, we also wanted luxury.   And we wanted all of this somewhere in the UK.  Yes I […]

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Days Out: Cadbury World

Days out: Cadbury World

Calling all owners of a sweet tooth, gather round and get ready to enter a world dedicated to the ever-so-delicious – Cadbury’s chocolate. When discussing our intention to visit this world famous chocolate factory, I was met with unwavering positive reviews.  Boasting visitor numbers of over half-a-million every year, I am so pleased to report […]

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Overcome feeling overwhelmed

Overcome feeling overwhelmed

Every morning a close friend of mine and I exchange texts as to what we’re each getting up to that day.  Sometimes (or as she might say, often) my message to her can be quite long.  I’m a busy girl. In an average week, I need to juggle my family, work, the house, a fitness […]

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From foe to friend: improving conflictive relationships

From foe to friend: improving conflictive relationships

It’s probably not an inaccurate assumption that most people have at least one person in their life who they have a conflictive relationship with.  It may be a family member, ex-partner, neighbour, acquaintance or colleague.  Things between you can feel intolerable, the mere mention of their name can cause irritation or anxiety.  It seems that […]

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Taking back some control over PMS

Taking back some control over PMS

Let’s be honest, PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome) is a b*tch!  Every month a little gremlin (the evil variety that has been exposed to water) invades your body and completely takes over – everything!  Well, that’s how it made me feel at least.  Sound familiar to you? PMS can start to rear its ugly head up to […]

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Living.Pretty.Happy at the Lux* Belle Mare – Mauritius

Living.Pretty.Happy @ the Lux Belle Mare Mauritius

‘Welcome to heaven’ is the sign that should adorn the front gates of the award-winning Mauritian getaway known as Lux* Belle Mare. Located on the east-coast of Mauritius about 45 minutes by car from the airport, the Lux* is a stylish and contemporary luxury resort that will suit honeymooners and families of all ages alike. […]

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Keeping Mum (Letting love endure after loss)

Keeping Mum (Letting love endure after loss)

The world as I knew it stopped the day my mum died.  We knew it was coming, she’d been given two years, but my heart imploded when I was informed in a hospital corridor that actually only 24-hours remained.  I would like to say it was a nice goodbye; it wasn’t. I couldn’t find the […]

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You are not going bald! (overcoming non-hereditary hair loss)

You are not going bald

Are you noticing that your hairbrush seems to contain more hair than usual?  Are you pulling larger quantities of hair from your shower plug-hole?  Is your ponytail diameter feeling thinner?  Are hairs falling very easily from your head whenever you touch them?  And is all of this making you feel panicked and worried that you […]

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Days Out: KidZania – London

Kidzania - London

Over the Christmas period I introduced the children to one of my all-time favourite movies, Bugsy Malone.  I was delighted when they loved it as much as I do.  And why wouldn’t they?  It’s a movie full of children acting as adults, holding down jobs, driving pedal cars and firing custard tarts out of ‘splurge […]

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48 hours in Abu Dhabi

48 Hours in Dubai

The capital of the UAE – Abu Dhabi – can be reached in under 90 minutes by car from Dubai Airport.  It has a more laid back and accessible feel than Dubai and is perfect for visiting with children in tow.  There is so much to do, but here are our highlights from a highly […]

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Only human

Only Human

Today has been a rubbish day.  Why you ask? No reason. Perhaps walking into the bathroom and stepping on an upturned plug along the way, set my day on it’s course.   Frustratingly enough, I can’t even claim pre-menstruality (if this isn’t a word already, it really should be).  I just noticed I was in […]

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How to feel happier about Valentines Day

Every year at Primary School, I used to receive a Valentines card marked only with a mysterious and highly exciting ‘X’.  I would spend long afternoons looking dreamily at every boy in my class (except for my cousin) trying to guess who it could possibly be from – turns out it was my Dad.  Cringe. […]

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Don’t Let Fear Hold You Back

One of my inner circle is pregnant.  She is 36 years old.  A few years ago, her then fiance decided 6 weeks before their wedding to call it all off.  He wanted them to stay together, but he did not want to get married.  Her heart was broken.  She took the very brave decision to […]

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A little bit Potty

I tried to switch off opinionated mode yesterday when I was informed that the new craze sweeping the world of parenting was potty training from birth.  Yes, from birth! Nappies are permitted during the night, but for the majority of the day, mums would watch their newborn bundles of joy for signs of the need […]

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New Beginnings

New Beginnings

I have lived a lot of my life ‘under the duvet’ – my little head poking out witnessing enough to be able to interact and function, but ultimately hidden away in a cosy, warm, safe environment avoiding change and sticking to what I know.  Sound familiar to you? When I did venture out, it might […]

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