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Oat cookies so quick, they will be out of the oven and in your belly in under 30 minutes!
Win a one month subscription to Oscar & Jemima's!
A couple of days ago I shared with you my 5 favorite services in the UAE that help cut down on the things that eat away at your time as a mom. One of those (and a definite life saver during the holidays when I’m even lazier) is @oscarandjemimas They offer subscription meal plans for dinner, breakfast, parties (yes you read right) AND kids’ lunch boxes!
I’ve signed up and we’re getting a week’s worth of dinner recipes mailed to me every Thursday with a super simple shopping list to boot. With the “thinking” part out of the way, I have more time (and am therefore more inclined) to prepare healthy meals and actually enjoy doing it!
The team at Oscar & Jemima’s are offering one lucky reader a one-month subscription or you to try out and to fall in love with cooking. This is an Instagram based competition, that is open everyone, regardless of postal code!
All you have to is…
2. Follow @and_then_there_were_2_
3. Tag a friend! Each tag gets you an entry into the lucky draw on the 2nd August 2017
5 Must-try services in the UAE that make Mom-ing far more fun!
I hate being a Mom…
I hate being a Wife…
I hate being a Grown-up…
Ok, maybe that’s a bit dramatic but I really hate all the chores and routine rubbish that seems to fill up my day leaving me with precious little time for the fun parts. Menu planning, laundry, dishes, school runs, grocery shopping and car washes are probably my worst nightmare. I’m sure the same holds true for most people but I reckon that being a Mom with your free-time already at an absolute low why not look for the short cut and clever hacks for dealing with the mundane (without breaking the bank, because seriously, what help is having no chores if you’re also too broke to do anything in your ample spare time)!
These are my 5 favourite ways to Mom smarter in the UAE:
1.Urban Energy Gym
I shared my love for Urban Energy Gym classes at Kids HQ a while ago as a way to survive the long Dubai summer holidays with the kids at home and at the moment this is a true life saver for me! The classes are so reasonably priced, AED60 per class which includes your kiddies running amok in Kids HQ and to me it’s the epitome of two birds with one stone; mums get to vent out the stress and boost those endorphins and the kids do too!
2. Oscar & Jemima’s
This website I only recently discovered and I’m so happy that I have! Oscar & Jemima’s is the brain child of Georgie and Karl who have set out to get us all back in the kitchen cooking healthy meals for our families and falling in love with cooking. They take away the stress of figuring out what’s for dinner, by sending you a weekly meal plan of easy recipes for your family. Seriously, it is dead simple. You sign-up for a meal plan and every Thursday like clockwork, you receive your 5 meal inspirations for the following week. We’ve been using it for a couple of weeks now and even Mr Fussy Eater Joshua is licking his plate. Have a look at their website below, if you sign-up for their newsletter you’ll get 3 sample recipes to try out or have a look at this delicious meal the boys cooked on their own!
This goes hand-in-hand with the one above because it really is so easy to just order your recipe ingredients through Instashop however, this is my saving grace for all those times when a quick trip to the store is not an option because let’s be honest, is there such a thing as a quick trip to the store when you have kids? Unlike other online grocery delivery services, these guys deliver in under an hour which is perfect when you suddenly realise there is nothing in the cupboard for tomorrow’s lunchboxes….or dinner…or it’s been a really long day and chocolate is required in large quantities!
Living in the UAE means that when it comes to laundry, you’re either using the tumble drier the entire day or trying to drape sheets throughout your house to get them dry because you know dust…apartments…community rules…howling winds…and did I mention dust? There are a couple of laundry services available but of those I’ve tried, I am happiest with Washmen simply because not only do they fit in my budget but the app is incredibly user-friendly, completely cash-free and their customer service is impeccable. They’ve now also introduced two great new features which make life even easier. Firstly, they have an all you can wash bag for AED79 they will wash, dry and fold everything you can fit in their bag, and trust me you can get a lot in. We fit all our towels and bath sheets in one bag and they come back so fluffy and smelling amazing. Their second new feature is the Insta-Order option where you pre-select all your settings and can place future orders with one button! They collect within an hour and a half and deliver 2 days later. There is currently a 30% discount on the Insta-Order feature so go try it out!
5. Fun City 100 Days of Play
The Fun City Membership card still remains one of my favourite smart mum moves especially now that the boys are a bit older and able to enter the soft play on their own and will happily entertain each other for at least an hour. That means I have an hour for me, just me or to actually have an uninterrupted adult conversation! The branches are located throughout the UAE and your membership card is valid at all of them so it is incredibly easy to align your errands with a Fun City location and get them done in peace, without having to suffer through bribery and threats to get the kids to behave!
Have you discovered any amazing service or app that make your life as a mom more fun? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to check them out!
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Two options for moms to keep fit while the kids are having fun too!
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Read and watch all about our trip to FuzziWigs in our new blog post and YouTube video!
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If you want to be happy, be - Leo Tolstoy.
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Our review of Smurfs: The Lost Village and some FREE kids activities to keep them busy.
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Fun family things to do in Lund, Sweden
“A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything.” Irish proverb. I’ve just had 4 days with a mountain of laughing (and a couple of actual mountains) and while not as much sleep as I would have hoped for, it was all uninterrupted and with no alarm clocks were set! Last […]
Why we really should stop getting Brownie points for being exhausted!
Today: Be Happy. Tomorrow: Be Happy. Everyday: Be Happy. Unknown Sounds like a grand idea doesn’t it! Like most other habits, it’s making the choice one day at a time and Spring Cleaning out the clutter that brings you down! I find that listing my #highfivesandhappiness makes it easier to keep track of them and […]
A Polynesian themed Brunch in Dubai that is as fun for the kids as the parents!
People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.
Better an "oops" than a "what if"
A refreshingly different take on kids' indoor play areas.