The face behind mumaboutdubai is the lovely Franki. We have actually known each other since we were 12 years old; we went to secondary school together but lost touch through the years. Just over a year ago I started my Instagram page; I was looking through the accounts of Dubai mums and I stumbled upon Franki’s. I hadn’t even realised that she had moved to Dubai!
I absolutely love her clean, crisp yet colourful images of family life in Dubai. Franki is a photographer by trade and she manages to beautifully capture the joy in everyday moments; from ‘cot shots’ of adorable Alba in the cutest of outfits to images of Lochlan cycling around the neighbourhood. Enjoy finding out more about Franki and her family.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Some time photographer, some time blogger, full-time mum of two (Lochlan, 3, Alba, 1). Glasgow born & bred, Dubai adopted. Hate cooking, love eating.
What do you enjoy most about being a mum?
I enjoy the day to day of looking after them both, there’s honestly nothing I love more than being with them. They drive me completely insane some days, but their wee smiles and their big cuddles make it all worth it.
How do you make time for yourself?
Some days time to myself is scarce as my husband works away a lot. So on the days that he is around, I take full advantage. I’m very lucky he’s so hands on.
Tell me about your funniest parenting experience.
Both of them literally crack me up on a daily basis. I’d have to say my eldest repeating things he shouldn’t is quite funny – probably shouldn’t laugh, but it’s hard not too!
Has your own mother influenced how you parent?
Definitely. As much as I hate to admit it, I sound more like my mum everyday – which isn’t a bad thing.
What one piece of advice do you have for other mums?
Trust your instinct and do your own thing; don’t worry about other people’s opinions on what you should or shouldn’t be doing. We are all in the same boat; winging it & just trying to do the best we can.
Describe your ideal Mother’s Day.
We celebrated UK Mothers’ Day recently; we had a lazy day at home playing with the kids & then went out for a family meal together. No-one had a melt down & everyone finished their dinner – what more could you ask for on Mothers’ Day?!
Describe motherhood in 3 words.
Nothing else compares!