Beat the summer

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Summer blues? I know some of you are waiting patiently for your’s to come like we craving our winter here. Hot, humid and sticky summers are part and parcel of living in Dubai, getting home from the school run and looking like you’ve been to the pool is an everyday occurrence. We could all sit and moan or we could grab summer by its sweaty neck and say up yours!!

Today we had art time, there’s only some much time you can spend in soft play and not all Dubai families have an unlimited pot of spare cash, so with this in mind I hit Daiso which is our equivalent to a good old pound shop. I brought painting brushes, wool, and plastic spray bottles and endless amounts of items that could keep these little humans occupied.

Here’s today’s antics

Using a child friendly paint from the early learning center, I mixed about a 1cm of paint with tap water to a fairly watery consistency but not so you could see through it

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I tape 2 pieces of easel paper to the wall and let them rip, they had a great time! Granted the wall was messy but it came clear off with some soapy hot water.

LPV especially enjoy the activity, somewhat satisfying for me as it was sneaky way for me to build up his fine motor skills which in turn will help with his pencil control

Considering past attempts at painting with these two (namely miss C painting her brother) I stripped them down to their undies

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LPV’s firework’s

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A beautiful mess….

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Very Jackson Pollock

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As I said before it comes off the wall easily if you clean it off straight away, the paper was pretty soggy so the painting didn’t really survive but it wasn’t about them creating a masterpiece it was about the fun

I’m certainly not a crafting queen but I will share any fun things or activities we you all over the summer

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.

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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.

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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 ;-)

A public health announcement

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A condition known as Halftermitis has been sweeping Dubai and parts of the UK I can confirm! This condition that only surfaces during the half term holiday’s can effect both parents and school age children and may even effect younger siblings.

Signs & symptoms for children may be

  • Whinging
  • Pouting/sulking face

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  • Feet stamping
  • Excessive use of the words Mammy/mummy, NO and phrases such as “It’s not fair” and “I’m bored”, “Can I have”
  • An inability to stay at an activity that took 30mins to set up for more than 5 mins
  • Sore arse from sitting in time out

In some excessive cases

  • Painting your brother
  • Said brother rubbing paint into couch
  • Visiting friends and stealing food from said friends neighbours
  • Ending up in bed with NO dinner

Signs & symptoms for parents

  • Constant angry face
  • Sarcastic tone
  • Feet stamping
  • Excessive use of the words …………… insert child’s name, NO, STOP and phrases such as “Because I said so”, “I will say it one more time” “Right into time out”
  • Carpal tunnel from pointing to timeout

In some excessive cases

  • Crying
  • Increased wine/gin consumption at 10am

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  • Treat cupboard raiding
  • Rocking in corner
  • Hiding in downstairs toilet

Unfortunately the only known treatment for this condition is to leave the house at 8am returning only at bedtime, packing in a day of activities…………………..and SCHOOL