ABOUT ME

I was born and raised in Manchester and like to think of myself as a classic Northern girl! I moved to Dubai 9 years ago, just married a week before we moved. Never having even been to the Middle East before we decided to take the plunge and move here “just for a couple of years” and yet here we are, nearly a decade later, 3 kids, 2 dogs and a cat added into the mix!

WHERE IS HOME?

Although my childhood home will always be Manchester, none of my family live there anymore and we are so settled and happy in Dubai that it has become our wonderful home.

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE YOUNGER? 

I was desperate to become a vet, however, fainting during work experience at the first sight of blood in an equestrian hospital soon made me realise that maybe that wasn’t the right path for me!

WHAT DO YOU DO?

I’m a STEM teacher and Certified Sleep Consultant. I love being able to help students to learn and develop as well as helping families to get the sleep and rest they need at home. 

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE ACTIVITY TO DO WITH YOUR CHILDREN?

Every weekend, without fail, you’ll find me and my kids in the swimming pool. All 3 of my children have had lessons since they were a few months old and now you can’t keep them out of the water!

HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR WEEKENDS?

Weekends are all about family time for me, whether that’s at a (dreaded) soft play, in the pool, playing board games at home, shuttling the kids to and from their multiple sports activities or building one of the thousands of Lego models we own!

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE MOVIE?

Forrest Gump. I’ve watched it a million times and could watch it a million more! Tom Hanks can do no wrong in my eyes.

IF YOU COULD EAT ONE MEAL FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Gotta be a good old fish, chips, mushy peas and gravy – did I mention I’m a northern girl?!

WHO’S YOUR CELEBRITY CRUSH?

Ashton Kutcher – it’s that cheeky grin!

WHICH DESTINATION IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST TO VISIT?

Thailand is next on our list, but there’s really too many places to mention. Travel is one of the reasons we moved here, Dubai is such a travel hub.

WHAT’S YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE?

Pick n Mix. I can’t get enough of it. I have a secret stash at home coz I tell my kids it’s too bad for their teeth so they’re not allowed it!

IF YOU COULD HAVE A SUPER POWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

It would have to be the power to slow down time. Not only to stop my babies growing up so fast, but also so that I can just get everything done in a day’s work! 

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT LIVING IN DUBAI?

Consistency – I’m such a creature of habit. I love that the sun rises every day at a similar time and sets at a similar time (the dark UK mornings and evenings kill me!). I love that the weather is always lovely and that you can make plans for weeks in advance as you know that the heavens (probably) won’t open and spoil the day. I love that my kids have an outdoor lifestyle all year round.