Sunday photo

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Well it seems my beloved daughter will not let me write a blog post so I’m opting to join the #Sundayphoto this photo was taken about 20mins ago, so I thought I steel an opportunity to blog……….WRONG

and relax.............

and relax………….

Im joining in will onedad3girls, take a look at some of the other great photo’s over on his blog

Happy Sunday


Free dinner?

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It’s no secret that for some Dubai is the land of opportunity, a place to reinvent yourself, if you sell yourself properly you could pretty much get any job you wanted. Flash cars, beautiful, clothes, bags, shoes all at your finger tips. However what people don’t show you in their Facebook timeline is the pound of flesh Dubai takes from you for all this, It’s safe to say you get nothing for free in this town. However I love it anyway and my ermm…flash ford edge, high street clothes and do you know what? I’m happy with that too!

You’ve heard the saying there’s no such thing as a free lunch? Well there isn’t but I did experience a free dinner, for the kids at Bystro, they’ve probably had copious amounts of official reviews but this is mine. I’d discovered the place whilst attended a PND support group coffee morning, noticed the sign “kids eat free between 5-7pm daily”.

Loved the fact they had a kids corner, which could use a few more toys but hey, if there things to keep the kids happy lets not criticise too much.

Excuse the dark photo

Excuse the dark photo

I love the Mediterranean –style tiled floor when you first walk in which reminds me a beautiful greek taverna. And when I ordered a 7up I felt like I could have been on holiday if you ignored the construction and 7 lane highway outside. The back wall is a huge chalk feature offering quirky anecdotes while you wait and a menu description so if you’re like me you change your mind after you’ve ordered. It has changing facilities, complete with spare wipes, nappy sacks for us unorganised mammies. The wifi is free so if the kids corner isn’t enough you can get Peppa pig on your phone without using all your data credit.


The coffee is good, as is the food offering value for money on delicious simple bistro nosh. Their children’s menu isn’t that long but also not filled with deep fried everything and chips. Offering a fairly good choice of meals, could maybe do with a few more veggies but then if your children are like mine spaghetti or fish and chips is about the limit when we eat out. Pastries and cakes are displayed in a beautiful glass chiller in the middle of the restaurant to tempt you, I get fat just looking at them, Miss C can personally vouch for the deliciousness of their Pain au Chocolat.


Prices are very reasonable too, we ate out as a family of 4 last night, two main course, two children’s meals a bottle of water and soft drink came to 148dhs which is around £25, it’s probably sad to say that the water cost half of that (water being pretty expensive in this town) but its is what it is and considering the cost of living in Dubai I would consider this a very yummy bargain.

Bystro is situated on the service road between al Manara and al Thanya road, parking isn’t free unfortunately but its ample, they even deliver too ;-)


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Everyone has a name for the ages/phases that our children go through, terrible 2 etc. Hey here’s an idea why don’t we stop giving parents false hope…When your in the terrible 2’s and the 3rd birthday is looming closer you think to yourself “man this is it, this is where I get my lovely sweet child back” Ummm that would be a NO. As when terrible 2’s are over then the farking 3’s begin closely followed by the f**k you mammy 4’s.

Why don’t we just come out and say it, as soon as the 18 month mark hits you’re doomed until they get married. The “oh it gets easier” and the “it doesn’t last long” is just a load of old bull, lets just stop pretending and say it like it is when you become a parent you’ve signed a death warrant for your stress levels and if stress doesn’t kill you then liver cirrhosis will from a giant increase in alcohol consumption.

I was told the other day “I’m the one who decided to open my legs” Really? charming, I’d like to think that it was a little more romantic, meaningful and a hell of a lot special than that. However yes, yes I did make the decision to have children but that doesn’t cancel out my rights to expressing my frustration to parenting. Please don’t get me wrong I adore my children too, with all my heart, I always sign you are my sunshine to the children before they sleep & last night Miss C joined in with me, cute was not the word it was special and I will always have that moment. LPV is growing so fast he’s so clever border lining on smart arse we always have a cuddle while he’s getting dressed for school, I know this won’t last for much longer as I see the I hate you phase in my not too distant future.

However at the moment I have a 2-year-old and 4-year-old and OMG it’s so hard they’re bringing to really love each other but when they don’t its awful, have you ever put a 2yr old and 4 yr old in time out at the same time? They make noises so shrill that only dogs can hear them. I try not to shout or be aggressive in my speech to them but it’s so difficult. Take for instance I took Miss C to some baby event in the park the other day, now I have two children I usually avoid these things like the plague they cause me more stress. I take Miss C to the play equipment I tell her she has to wait her turn….que crying, even when she gets her turn she’s been crying for so long she doesn’t know why she started in the first place. This lasts at least 20mins and I try everything, ignoring, the oh darling’s etc until I just scream stop crying!!!

Forgetting I’m in the judgement pit where all new mothers come to comment on experienced parents child rearing, I feel around 100 pairs of eyes burning into my back. Where is the sisterhood that I thought parenthood was all about.  I was rescued by a friend taken to lunch and  Miss C was an absolute angel…..Really????

I know I don’t think there are any really helpful answers out there, parenting is a beautiful minefield and I’m glad to be walking through it, I just wish I brought more wine……

What you talking about Willis

What you talking about Willis