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

Frugal is the new fabulous

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Well it is in our house anyway, due to unforeseen circumstances at the beginning of the year I lost my job. To be honest the wages never really made a huge difference in our lifestyle I wasn’t dripping diamonds and driving a porche but they did allow for financial back up, less worry and extra treats, thank god I brought my Micheal Buble tickets first. However, It was more that it was mine, I earned them.

It’s just crap as now I’m having to rely solely on expat daddy to support me again. No biggy, we’re a team we’ve always shared everything we had from the get go but I hate that feeling “oh dear can I have your credit card so I can buy you a birthday present, and you’ll know exactly what it is as you’ll see the bill before your birthday”

Everyone has pre conceived ideas about what my life is like out here, they think I wake up in the morning, the birds and butterflies puts on my slippers for me……………..

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Caviar for breakfast then I dump miss C head to the gym for hours stopping off to get my nails done before playing the doting mammy role on the school run only to dump my children in a play space or activity. The actually reality is I hit the snooze button too many times, wake up looking like this

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Shout far too much whilst getting ready for the school run, usher the boys out the door, wrestle with the wee girl to stop her going out the door, then I eat and drink my breakfast on the go whilst getting ready. Go about my day just like you, food shopping, errands, doctors appointments etc I look forward to picking up LPV and most of the time we have fun at home or with friends.

My life is the same as yours but just with sunshine, Ok so I don’t work now and luckily we are in a slightly better position out here than we would be if I was a SAHM in the UK or Ireland to deal with this. The fact is I would work full or part-time but the nursery fee’s out here are the equivalent to a private school at home, so when you ask when I’m going back to work the answer is when I can afford too.

Dubai attracted so many expats to come and live the tax-free dream and it still does and if you to get an awesome package then you will live the dream. However for most expats now, gone are the days of saving copious amount of tax-free earnings, the rising in rents, school fees, cost of living are far over taking the amount of money that’s being saved. If you want a decent house not in the middle of nowhere then you have to pay decent house money, if you want some anchor butter on your toast you’re going to have to pay 59dhs (11quid) for it. People stay here, us included for a better quality of life, the sunshine, the beach.

All this is made me think about money a lot, I am very aware that we are very blessed not to be living on or anywhere near the poverty line and NO I am not in any way comparing my life to anyones. However I think its disgusting in this generation there are still so many families struggling to make end meets, in what parallel universe is it ok to pay bonuses to VP’s CEO’s of companies and corporations when its employee’s are being laid off or being paid way below what they are qualified for or deserve?

So with thinking about money a lot I wanted to make some changes in our lives, I am AWESOME at spending money so it’s mainly me that has to change. I have started keeping track of everything I spend during the week, going to the shop for milk and coming out with a 100 pounds worth of other shopping isn’t going to happen anymore. I’m meal planning so each week we will buy only the stuff we need for meals, a major money saver is bringing expat daddy food shopping, he’s a stickler for the list where I like a kid in a sweat shop. This week we managed to cut our groceries from 1550dhs (300quid) to 900dhs (just under 200). We swapped supermarkets to the less high-profile ones and I’ve learnt to say No.

Of course I want to be shopping, getting my nails done, having the fancy car, who doesn’t? And I would love to start my own business and I’m hoping that these small changes will make that happen sooner but right now my children’s further is a lot more important.

Do you have any tips on money-saving? What works for you and your family?

Food glorious food

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I’ve always considered myself a bit of a foodie, not in the sense that I’m a connoisseur or anything but in the sense that I like , I eat a lot of it and without food I’d be a very unhappy lady!! Having Ireland in my blood and being married to a Cork man who loves his spuds, potatoes play a big role in our meal making, well to be honest carbs in general to be honest.  The kids love pasta, chips CHIPS! CHIPS! of course I don’t feed my children chips…..*coughs and twitches in seat* bread and I love it too. So you can imagine how distraught I was being told that I had to go on a card free diet and to add insult to injury I had to cut out sugar too!

I have sugar intolerance and insulin resistance which apparently I have had all my life but hasn’t seem to come to light until the gestational diabetes. Now I finally have an excuse for being fat!!  Obviously I’m gutted as I live for chocolate but I’m glad I’ve found out and I can change it, change the outcome so I hopefully won’t get full-blown diabetes one day. Its done me a favour, its given me the opportunity to kick myself up the arse and take a good look at my diet and the kids too. I was convinced I was eating healthy and although I don’t use jars and packet food and make everything from scratch, it was the snacks and meals being washed down with diet coke that we’re the problem. For the kids I’ve limited the chocolate treats and I’m encouraging fruit a lot more, I send carrots in LPV’s snack box to school and the carrots come home again but I’m trying.

I’ve flipped it around and made some huge changes, its hard and I’m still struggling, I do cheat too as even though I’m awesome I am only human. I’ve substituted my evening chocolate with this heavenly stuff, complete cut out all fizzy (unless I’m drunk), this was by far the hardest to do, I have No idea what they put it but the cold turkey was awful. Only being allowed one piece a fruit a day too is difficult, it’s not until you have to cut something out that you realise how much of that item you do actually eat.

Im trying to “clean eat” where possible too, however this proving problematic when it comes to finding items you need and the price of them in Dubai 10 pound for a small bag of almond flour is ridiculous and to be honest organic shops scare me. The biggest problem is me being a big farking disaster in the kitchen, Oh I can cook but I can’t bake and when clean eating if you want anything remotely treat like you have to make it yourself.

Take last night for instance..Here I am with my paleo cookie recipe, I have my coconut oil which the price of could buy you a small plot of land somewhere in the world, my coconut/almond flour, my cacao chunks and powder all ready for the Great middle eastern pale bake-off . I mixed them I baked them and The only way I can describe them is they looked smelt and tasted like the inside of a rabbit hutch!!

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One but only try  I will give them a whirl again, maybe they’ll be edible next time, I don’t think even the ants that have taken up residence in our house (bastards) would have even eaten them.

Tea and cookies at my place anyone?………No?………why ever not?