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Latest post on 08 April 2016 - 02:05
I have noticed some small things missing from my rooms or grocery, example pens (packed from grocery, chewing gums, deodorant etc.. generally my house maid is good and manages all the house requirements quite decently. recently she fell sick and i entered her room to give her some water and food and as i was leaving i noticed that some small things, like my hair clips were in her room and some of my toiletries (as they are not the usual brands she uses and its the one i use) and air freshener etc that i bring for the house was in her room. i didnt react that time as she was not well. FYI: she gets a proper separate toiletries allowance every month I really don't know how to confront and ask her, as these are petty things but, my clips or toiletries - why would she assume that its ok for her to use them without even asking me once....I understand its ok to take something which is common example food stuff etc.. i feel its a matter of principle but really dont know the best way to confront it. please suggest some ideas to deal with this?
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Latest post on 27 July 2015 - 15:06
what is a average weekly grocery bill for a small family- couple, 18 month old baby and maid - we eat out at least 2-3 times a week and still i feel our grocery bills have increased a lot.
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Latest post on 03 May 2015 - 13:30
any suggestions on a painter who can paint them? Smart tiles is too expensive for three bathrooms. tile paint is the only option (and approved by LL) Thank you
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Latest post on 26 April 2015 - 14:36
Hi Tallybalt, its a rental and we do have permission , we shared some pictures with the landlord of what we intend to do. Tigerente , thank you for your response. do you know the name of this paint? how was the final look and is it durable with water etc?
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Latest post on 26 April 2015 - 13:54
Hello Ladies Would you kindly suggest a painter in Dubai that can paint ugly bath tiles. i know paintsman can do it but has been delaying us for quite some time now. we have tried to look online and call a few painters but none of them know how to paint on tiles with a special long lasting paint. Any Other Suggestions: i am considering SMart tiles too - but it cant be done for the whole bathroom due to moist and humidity in shower area Many thanks
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Latest post on 03 February 2015 - 15:38
I can see that some maids get uncomfortable with acting as waitresses. I believe there are companies you can hire service staff for home parties. Certainly! i wouldnt expect my maid to help cater to parties at all. if i need someone it has to be from the agency for such tasks! the question was merely about a friend (singly person) coming over and offering a glass of water or making a cuppa tea - i dont think i would have an issue to do that at all... i generally would check in my office with anyone (boss or peer) if they would like a cup of tea if im going to make one for myself... this query was really not about refilling drinks or serving food or expecting the maid to be a waitress... if anything i really like my privacy with guests and would not appreciate her to be active there... i just wanted some opinions on how to say it.. thats all!
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Latest post on 03 February 2015 - 15:05
i guess this conversation is steering off in a completely different direction... like probably all discussions about maids do! i guess i got some good points from the previous posters.. and thank you very much for that this query was all about how to say what you need (in reasonable affirmative way) and not about cringing over something or someone not allowed to say they are unwell... we all do and we all are very very compassionate - hence this query in the first place. no one is inhuman to ask anyone to work if they are unwell - this query was about addressing timings and guests which happens extremely rare in our case! please lets not take this discussion in any other way than its supposed to be! Thank you
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Latest post on 03 February 2015 - 13:04
hello ladies.. we are planning to move out soon to a place with a maids room (so far been in two bedrooms and had given her the guest room with a agreement that we would move out soon to a place where she will be given a maids room so the guests room is free for us. we may consider moving into a villa (currently in an apartment) for more space for my baby however need some perspective on what would be the best 1. Villa or apartment: since the baby is very small there would be a lot of running around required behind him and having to climb up and down (to fetch things or change diaper etc) maybe a task... 2. Should we opt for a place where Maid stays out of the house (same villa) or a maids room inside like it is in apartments - would it be difficult to access her or awkward to call her incase we need something etc? or its better for her to be outside (the best is having our own space at the end of the day) but she needs to also babysit my baby if we go out in evenings etc and would that be difficult to manage if she is living outside Thnk you
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Latest post on 31 January 2015 - 16:39
hi - not sure if anyone else had a very bad experience with JK - but please be careful in your dealings with them.. i am not writing all the details here but please feel free to ping me and i can share details..
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Latest post on 26 January 2015 - 00:14
hi - we were thinking to move to Marina residence 3 bedroom and have two main questions for anyone living there - ideas on how to best use the extra corridor - converted to study? extra wardrobe??? - are there are baby friendly play areas?
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Latest post on 24 January 2015 - 23:35
its absolutely ridiculous! Villas in lakes are now old and need a lot more maintenance - PERIOD! (except the newly built ones) so many of them are vacant for over a month now but the agents will just not budge - its strange that the landlords are ok to leave the villa empty for over 30-60 days but not start out on a decent rent! why do they control the market in such an artificial way!
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Latest post on 07 January 2015 - 00:40
kitkat89 Palm and life here is amazing.. we love it... we have been here for over two years... Buildings you may want to consider Oceana/Tiara (with beach access) definitely the best with lounge/cafes inside the building almost like a lovely resort lifestyle , but slightly steep Marina Residences really nice with good finish and well maintained community with great views. Golden Mile: amazing finish too and close to the park however no gym and pool access - also if you choose something facing the main road - you will only see construction Shoreline: only good thing is access to beach - but very bad finish and maintainence...not the best choice although cheaper than the rest... take into consideration the chiller cost and housing fee (however this you will have to pay even in JLT and some places in Marina Traffic: absolutely negligible.......... i have never ever got stuck so far except 31st Dec 2013 when the roads were blocked... Groceries: there are small marts /pharmacies etc that deliver.... Overall worth the money... lovely place..Goodluck with your search...
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Latest post on 30 December 2014 - 13:47
hi... my baby is super bored of the regular pram toys we have from M&Ps and Mothercare, i am looking for some ideas from experienced mommies to keep my lil one busy if we go out for dinner .... i have a chewing rings and sticks and keep extra ones too, but he tends to get very bored and starts throwing them i also carry small books.. ideas on something that hangs on the pram, keeps them busy with light and sound perhaps... TIA <em>edited by saggi_1 on 30/12/2014</em>
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Latest post on 24 December 2014 - 09:26
Hi Mommies - need to get some Xmas prezies for kids aged 1-4 for AED 20 each -any suggestions?
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Latest post on 10 December 2014 - 09:30
We are considering to invest in dubai on our own house rather than paying high rents every year... is it a good time to buy or we should wait a couple of months?
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Latest post on 07 December 2014 - 16:51
that's amazing! actually i did some research and realised there are companies that actually have reusable pouches... i am so happy :) i loved the prints on Squooshi Reusable Food Pouches for Kids ... i just need to get them thinking to order them - but if anyone knows where i can get them in Dubai it will be so much more quicker TIA
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Latest post on 07 December 2014 - 15:10
Natural medicine: bonnison by himalaya - very good all natural -- if baby is older than 5/6 months: (helps constipation too) Soak: 1. make your own tea- baby camomile tea and soaked fennel seeds do wonders 2.Prunes and figs (seperate or together) overnight - de-seed and steam - use paste with any food. babies love it as its nice n sweet
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Latest post on 07 December 2014 - 13:16
Tried all baby shops and ace and toysrus - didnt manage to find a big playpen https://www.kaplanco.com/product/26287/large-magic-panel-playpen?c=12|GO1050 can i get it made - basix wooden one? any suggestions?
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Latest post on 07 December 2014 - 13:13
where would you buy and stay with your family (long term) in Dubai? Apartments (luxurious finish) or meadows/springs/JVT? Similar sizes
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Latest post on 07 December 2014 - 12:03
Experienced mommies: need some advice -my eight month old baby has started becoming very fussy about what he puts in his mouth - i truly believe and prefer to give him homemade fresh food but he seem to reject everything (really tasty, sweet, savory-everything) - we introduced the Ella's pack couple of days back and he loved it - i guess he loves the colorful pouch and the idea of eating from it - so now last two days i show him the pouch and trick him by putting in homemade food. however i am really thinking if i have other options. i am not too worried as Ella's is organic and he likes it but is there a way i can create pseudo looking Ella pouch and put home cooked fresh food for him. TIA
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Latest post on 03 December 2014 - 15:29
Hello - i would like to book a nice mani and pedi for DH - can you recommend a good place for men Many thanks
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Latest post on 01 December 2014 - 15:07
and then i wonder.. there are several families who can afford to give 3k plus to maids, spoil them with expensive gifts and bonus, funnily now the trends are - no maids room but a proper room which means rent increase etc and two maids sometimes... i wishhh i could .. its beyond me how people afford it - especially the rents + housing fees for over 200k!
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Latest post on 01 December 2014 - 10:42
we would be able to save 50% too earlier - but now its about 30-35% Major Expense: RENT soon will have school expense too!
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Latest post on 27 November 2014 - 15:22
I absolutely agree and stress on the fact that we should have nanny cams - i had a bad experience with my nanny and literally sent her home within hours. THANKS to the cam! Cams do not stop bad experiences but it does two things: one makes the nanny more vigilant and secondly if something has happened you know of it rather sooner than later especially when your baby cannot communicate to you dragon mart ones are old models - try to get foscam - very good!
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Latest post on 21 November 2014 - 00:57
Late evenings should be your maids personal time, no matter how short her working days are, or how many days she gets off. You should pay her extra for babysitting, especially at the times you mention. Thanks Oopsiedaisy.. how much would it be per hour?
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Latest post on 20 November 2014 - 22:59
hi. just need some advice here - i have a new nanny - there are some evenings (1-2 a week sometimes) either i get late at work or need to step out late evening. my baby usually sleeps by 9 however lately he tends to wake up if he knows we are not around ( i dont know how) my nanny doesnt have long hours and gets 1.5 day off too however i feel extremely guilty to ask her to baby sit at 9 or 10 at night. usually if im working late DH is around and he looks after our baby but recently he has been extremely busy at work too how do you manage this? (she hasnt objected yet and we have only done it once so far) any ideas/thoughts will be helpful. thanks in advance
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Latest post on 16 November 2014 - 09:55
In my view, a house maid can do aa very responsible job of looking after children and doing housework, exactly like a woman would do if she did not have paid help in the home. You would be able to expect a 'professional job' from a Nanny, as she would have been trained, but surely we all realise that there is training and there is Training! Above all, it is important to trust the person who cares for your child. If you do not, then how can you possibly leave them together? A baby will not really understand who is pushing them in a pram. When he/she is old enough to realize, then it is more important to be the one who is there. Remember, a working mother cannot be there to do it all- that is the trade off. You are working to help to secure the future of the child, and you need peace of mind while you are away from the home. edited by Pink Lily on 14/11/2014 Thank you Pink Lily, for sharing your views. I have convinced myself that is should be ok. Not sure why the post had to become a debate ground on the definition of nanny/maid. My main concerns were only because i have seen some nannies not being careful with the children and that was the main reason for me to be worried since i am not around that time to go and check. Thank you once again
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Latest post on 12 November 2014 - 14:24
Thank you for helping me get my head around this... i agree with BellaUK, i love it that Bath and Bed time is just 'Our thing'... i feel sad that i miss even feeding my baby most of his meals or his reactions to different tastes and have to rely on what my nanny shares (sad part of being a working mum) the reason i am a bit apprehensive is also because i didnt have a great experience with my previous nanny and had to let her go immediately. i have certainly entrusted my baby with the new one however going out would mean - she starts chatting with security etc making it more accessible for dating ... i guess im thinking a bit too much.... :(
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Latest post on 12 November 2014 - 13:14
hi. i know the answer is Yes (for most of us) my nanny indirectly asked me yesterday if she could take the baby (7 month old) out for a walk everyday in the pram. my concerns are the following: 1. i have seen several nannies in the park parking all the babies in a corner and chit chatting and i used to feel so sorry for the babies, i have seen a few careless incidents (including my friends nanny who seems to be superb otherwise in front of the parents) 2. They tend to be on the phone (a problem that i have with my nanny anyways even in the house), i am bit worried to let her take my baby outside and not be attentive. 3. I am a working mum, and i feel so sad to not let my baby explore the freshness on days when i am super tied down with conference calls in the evening as i work CET times but at the same time i feel i want this to be 'my thing' with my baby and not make it a habit for her. Please help me think straight through this....
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Latest post on 02 November 2014 - 16:26
I think Ace have the coloured fence type ones. My baby girl is 6 months and loves the Vtech toys, especially the crawl ball. She loves anything that makes crinkly sounds as well now, like the Lamaze toys, rattles etc. She loves the jumperoo. Thanks BellaUK - ill check it out. where do you get the soft mats?
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Latest post on 02 November 2014 - 16:24
Don't get me wrong, but I am hoping that the 'maid' you have hired for your 7 months baby is a 'nanny' and not just a house help kind of maid. I have read about many terrible instances on this forum about 'maids' taking complete care of babies (I got uncomfortable to read that she is alone with your baby during the day). Please consider that if she is not a properly trained 'nanny' she is not equipped for taking care of your child. Her internet and phone usage is next point altogether when compared to this. edited by Rucha13 on 02/11/2014 Hi Rucha13, she is trained nanny and has work ex too. i am very careful as i had a really bad experience with previous one and we cancelled her visa on the same day and sent her back immediately. we also have cams (sadly) as i am quite worried to leave my baby alone any more..
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Latest post on 02 November 2014 - 16:22
Thank you all. DH had a word with her this morning to not use her phone when she is alone with the baby. lets hope she improves
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Latest post on 02 November 2014 - 01:20
i would like to create a playpen (large) area for my baby to be safe and play ... any suggestions on where i can get something big... and what kind of toys can keep them busy?
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Latest post on 02 November 2014 - 00:47
really upset! she was babysitting for three hours and one full hour on the phone next to my baby!!!!!! need to be polite & tell her its not ok but really upset :(
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Latest post on 31 October 2014 - 09:45
im thinking... to tell her politely... ill recharge it and deduct from salary end of the month (i hate to say such things though) is there a better way to tackle this?
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Latest post on 30 October 2014 - 17:26
Hi All, do you provide a mobile allowance to your maid? we did provide her (new maid) and she finished it in 3 days and has no balance, she now has no balance to call us incase she needs something when she is alone with our baby. i have subtly mentioned to her not to use it up fully... any suggestions please
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Latest post on 30 October 2014 - 17:22
hi all. just hired a new maid and trying to set things up, she asked us for internet password and we have given it to her (assuming she uses it only in her free times and weekend off days) i just want some advice if i should be upfront about her phone/internet usage during the day as she is alone with my baby (7 months old) and i am worried. its her fourth day and she gets 5-6 calls during the day (all range from 5-10 mins) and im worried if she is on the call will she be attentive? secondly: so far she streams movies etc during her free time at night however she did mention she will skype with her family on sunday's (which is when i am working) and im not comfortable for her to skype when she is alone with my baby... please advice the best way to tackle this or should i wait for sometime before i mention anything
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Latest post on 01 October 2014 - 13:34
Joke or not, it's a very realistic list of duties for a maid, except perhaps for the shoe bit! If the maid's working eight hours a day, five days a week, most of these chores will only take a few minutes as you're only touching up something that's already pretty clean. My maid has a similar list and she does it all in under eight hours a day. wow Tallybalt, you have a gem of a maid :) .. touchwood!.. this time around im going lower my expectations/set a basic schedule and let it grow on her ;)
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Latest post on 01 October 2014 - 13:30
searched posts, this is the one http://www.expatwoman.com/forum/topic199758-where-is-that-wonderful-maid-responsibilty-list-gone.aspx needed it for my own reference, as well haha thanks Beebers... this is good.. im sure in reality we may skip several things.. but good list to remember what needs to be covered or things that can be prioritized :)...
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Latest post on 01 October 2014 - 11:10
hi. i have a new nanny/maid joining us soon and i would like to settle her in with proper direction right from the start. although i feel Alex's shoes maid list is a bit intense, i would like to get some ideas from it. anyone has it handy? or can you advice how you house help manages her time with baby and house?
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Latest post on 30 September 2014 - 18:39
Circuit Factory . they also have a yummy mummy class... its a lifestyle changing concept.. all you need to do is have the courage to do one free session... its amazing and very motivating trainers...
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Latest post on 30 September 2014 - 12:25
http://www.accessoreezbazaar.co.uk/ - the owner is a lovely lady who has some great suppliers (a lot of her stock is v similar to what you'd find at Topshop/ASOS etc, but at a fraction of the price). I'm sure she'd happily ship to the UAE - just drop her an email. I've bought some great statement necklaces from her in the past. looks lovely! thank you mrs13b :)
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Latest post on 29 September 2014 - 16:02
i'm glad you didn't approach him, you had a baby in your car and you were going to stop your car to talk to a stranger who was doing something strange?? haha absolutely! i guess instinctively i just wanted to stop him! anyways. just thought its imp to share... :)
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Latest post on 29 September 2014 - 15:49
hi.. looking to buy some artificial (junk) jewellery online: any suggestions? TIA
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Latest post on 29 September 2014 - 15:47
Hi. i saw something quite strange last evening on the palm. i was heading home and entered a service lane near milk & honey - saw a middle aged man (mostly from Philippines) randomly trying to open the car door of every vehicle (in the parking), i literally saw him walk past atleast 6 -7 cars randomly trying to open the door. it was scary, i really wanted to stop and question him but couldnt due to the ongoing traffic and a crying baby in the car... all i can say is please be careful and ensure that your car doors are locked!
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Latest post on 18 September 2014 - 23:08
Certain items from the Simply Vera by Vera Wang label (Kohls in US, also an Australian dept store sells it); things from llbean.com; clothes from debenhams site; nursing bras from momsmilkboutique.com. I use the sizing guides and have someone else take my measurements prior to ordering. Hi Apricot - some lovely clothing by Simply Vera at Kohls but looks like you need a US billing address to order. Am not an experienced online clothes shopper but thought I might give it a try - how do you order without a UK or US billing address? Hi Desert Mum - try post a plus (cheaper) or shop and ship
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Latest post on 18 September 2014 - 23:08
Certain items from the Simply Vera by Vera Wang label (Kohls in US, also an Australian dept store sells it); things from llbean.com; clothes from debenhams site; nursing bras from momsmilkboutique.com. I use the sizing guides and have someone else take my measurements prior to ordering. Hi Apricot - some lovely clothing by Simply Vera at Kohls but looks like you need a US billing address to order. Am not an experienced online clothes shopper but thought I might give it a try - how do you order without a UK or US billing address? Thanks a lot.. ill check it out :)
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Latest post on 07 September 2014 - 23:28
I bought 3 nice dresses from namishi. Thanks.. Anyone else bought stuff online?
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Latest post on 06 September 2014 - 00:33
Any good online shopping websites for women clothes apart from asos..TIA
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Latest post on 06 September 2014 - 00:32
Any reviews on ordering online from dresslily?