Legoland Water park!

The heat is rising here quite rapidly, so to finish off our spring break holiday we made the most of the coolish temperatures and headed to Legoland Water park. We’ve already experienced Legoland and you can catch up with that adventure here.  With Dubai parks offering free parking and 30% off to all UAE residents it was a no brainer really. The cost came down from 295AED to 160AED and we saved ourselves 85AED in parking fees. Everything always feels better when you have a discount. With all of us having fair skin, we left it until after lunch and toward the end of the midday sun to go. Being Easter/spring break the park wasn’t that busy and the queues we practically non-existent. The children had a blast and especially loved the joker soaker and build a raft lazy river. We settled the kids into the joker soaker and were watching them on the slides when literally the joke was on us and the huge bucket of water tipped, emptying gallons and gallons on unsuspecting parents like ourselves. I know it was a children’s water park but I wasn’t going to be responsible for the language that left my mouth. It was freezing!!

Anyhoo it gave us all a laugh and we went off exploring, where we found the build a raft lazy river. As you go round there are big Lego brick floating in the water which you can attach to your raft. Being the competitive family we are it immediately turned in to who can sabotage each other raft the quickest.

We made a trip to wave pool, floatation jackets were available for wee Miss C and she really enjoyed it. The children found the build and race your own miniature boat area and enjoyed building with Lego in the water!!

It was time for an ice cream before we explored some more, 20AED each for ice cream wasn’t too bad, considering we’ve just come back from Disney it was a welcomed price! EPD and LPV went on few other rides that Miss C wasn’t tall enough for, so we had a mini melt down.  Then she was happy as Larry in the Duplo area with side and animals she could sit on!

At this point it was starting to cool and their poor little teeth were starting to chatter. We got dressed and headed to the new Irish Village in Riverland. It was beautiful and reminded me of the town out of Beauty and the beast. We had a yummy dinner and listened to the various live music that was on offer with stages dotted around all around Riverland. The children really enjoyed The Micheal Jackson tribute singing, I knew they had good taste in music.

With everyone tired and pooped out we caught the shuttle bus back to the car park and headed home. A great day had by all and sincerely recommend a visit before we all start melting!!

 

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Airbnb is the only way to go

After completely falling in love with Hong Kong last year, we decided to continue conquering East Asia and we planned a trip to Tokyo Japan. We definitely were not as organised in the planning of the trip and left it dangerously last-minute to book accommodation. After  looking at hotels in Tokyo it became real that we could not find anything within our budget. So we turned to Airbnb, I had massive reservations the thought of sleeping in someone’s house made my skin crawl. We’re they clean people? Do they have bed bugs? Was it in a safe neighbourhood? I do have a tendency to over think things a wee bit.

My back is to the wall here!!

I have friends that have used it and they were all happy, so we bit the bullet and went for it. We found a lovely little place owned by the nicest of ladies. It was close to the metro, it was quiet and had a supermarket, restaurants and a McDonald’s if we needed it  all a stones throw away. Now space in Tokyo comes at a premium, however nothing could prepare me for what awaited us. We lugged our cases and children up the 3 flights of stairs to the top floor, Daddy opened the door. You have to worry when the door opens outward to save on space, we both looked at each other and laughed. The whole place was the size of our kitchen trying not to sound like a complete asshole there. However it had a bathroom with hot running water AND a heated toilet seat, which would prove invaluable in 7’C temperatures, Nothing like a warm tooshy!! It had a fridge , kettle, washing machine. Which was also very handy considering we don’t have many warm clothes at all. The bed was comfy, it was clean, it was warm and really it was only a base to store our things while we were out exploring.I stocked up on the children’s favourite mini cereals, we brought teabags and a few essentials at the supermarket. To be honest having breakfast there was one less meal out we had to pay for as Tokyo wasn’t cheap and at least we could get up, eat and get dressed at our own pace, rather than running down for an over priced buffet where you pay over 20quid for the children to eat one bowl of cereal. We also had a pocket wi-fi included in the price, this was extremely handy when you’re trying to navigate your way around the unknown, you can call on google maps to help you.

The best thing about using Airbnb is that you can tailor it to your budget, the further out you stay the cheaper they are, they can vary from 37 to over 200 pounds per night. Ours cost us around 500 for 5 nights, which I think for a huge city was very reasonable.

I would definitely use them again considering my mind is doing overtime planning next years holiday!!!

They were very comfy

My life in books!

The problem with starting to blog again is that I have to write posts!! I’m not lunch box mum, who comes up with these amazing lunches and posts them on pinterest so there won’t be any of those. The honest truth is that my kids eat pretty much the same lunch every day as they’re fussy little darlings *said through gritted teeth* and I’d rather they eat full stop! I really don’t have a beauty regime to share, apart from trowel it on near your crows feet and you’ll be golden 😉

So I thought I’d write a book review but then thought, you’re all highly intelligent folks with amazon, google etc So you really don’t need me telling you what books to read. I typed in children’s books into google and some hilarious titles came up. So I’ve picked a few to share, I feel they represent key points in my life, so here goes…………..

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My first little boob job! It’s no secret to all who know me that I had massive one’s, so to start my 40th year in a positive way I took the plunge and had them reduced. Its changed my life totally, I’m more confident, I’m not in pain, I no longer find popcorn in my bra and I can totally see my feet!! I do have a large amount of old bra’s left if anyone need a spare tent for camping!

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I have one of THE most amazing hairdressers in Dubai, however when Kim does it it’s the only time it ever looks decent. I really don’t bother much when I go to work and by the end of the day there’s a strange cowlick thing happening. In the mornings I resemble Pat Sharp and Albert Einstein so Me and my hair really don’t really fit into the glam Dubai scene!

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As I said I have reached my 40th year on this planet, we more than celebrated in style with a Great Gatsby themed party. It was an amazing night, we hired bartenders so both me and the hubster could enjoy ourselves. They made amazing cocktails, too many we danced on tables, we dressed up in our finest and ate cake!! Was one of the best nights I’ve ever had!

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Well actually one really, Yes, I am expatmammy and I am gluten-free! I know I want to smack people in the face too when they say things like that. However it’s actually really stabilised my blood sugars, it also has made my wallet lighter, given the fact if you write gluten-free on anything they hike up the price! So now I own pretentious kitchen equipment like a spirilser!

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This book sums me up in a nutshell, especially now I’m gluten-free, I get hangry beyond belief, to the point of possibly eating or even selling one of the kids for food! You can relate to that poor caterpillar no wonder he ate himself into oblivion.

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It’s no secret I like a good brunch and wee glass of bubbles, a G&T a…………………………are you getting the picture? No I’m not that bad really, I just get led astray very easily, LOL!!!! As the saying goes behind every awesome mammy there is a large glass of wine!!

images-2Why is it that when your watching completely child inappropriate viewing such as Orange is the new black, your children appear as if my magic? They want water or the duvet has fallen off, any other the “little darlings” would sleep through the duvet being on the floor You scramble for the remote, worry what in the hell they’re  going to repeat in school the next day! I just stick to the Gilmore Girls now, can’t go wrong with that!!

 

So that’s it, if you had to choose book title what would you choose? Google and have a look!