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Blogger in Focus: Working Mother of 2

Blogger in Focus: Working Mother of 2

I’m Haneen, 27 years old, mommy behind Working Mother of 2. I’m Lebanese moved to UAE 5.5 years ago and now living and working in Sharjah. I have a 2.5 years old daughter and a 10 months old son.

Working Mother of 2

How did you start blogging?

I started in November 2015 when I found myself advising expecting and new moms & answering too many questions on motherhood, experience with my kids, deliveries, balancing life between family and work so thought why not giving it a try. Plus, writing is something I love since ever. And thus Working Mother of 2 was born.

What do you write about?

Working Mother of 2 is mainly about my personal experience with motherhood journey. I only write about things I’ve been through, things I tried before & things I’ve learned since 2013 when I had my 1st baby. My primary goal is to help mommies out there in a way or another as I’ve been through it all and maybe what worked to me, will work for other moms and the things I’ve learned might be of benefit for others. So why not have each others’ backs, support and share our experiences and get to learn from each other. Read more

Mom, Partner, Sister, Daughter, Friend. Pinay Blogger currently living in Dubai, UAE. I blog about expat life, beauty, food, being a mom … and everything else in between.

A B & Me Blogger in Focus: SuperMomy

Blogger in Focus: SuperMomy

My name is Tina Mathew, I’m an expat mom brought up in Dubai and living here for the past 33 years. I have been working in Dubai for 11 years and quit my corporate job to look after my son. I have only recently started blogging as I got some time for myself.

SupermomyName: Tina Mathew
Location: Dubai
Blog: Super Momy
Instagram: @supermomyblog

How did you start blogging?

I started blogging only this year ie after my family suggested to started a blog. I was interested in writing so I thought why not try it since I am a mom and I have a lot of experiences I wish to share with the world. Read more

Mom, Partner, Sister, Daughter, Friend. Pinay Blogger currently living in Dubai, UAE. I blog about expat life, beauty, food, being a mom … and everything else in between.

A B & Me Blogger in Focus: Mummy on My Mind

Hi, I’m Zeyna! 12th May 2014 was the day I became a Mummy, and since then there has only been Mummy on my Mind! I am a British expat, Wife and Mother to my 2-year-old son (Baby Z), living in Dubai. Mummy On My Mind is a collection of musings on all things Parenting & Family related, along with a little bit of Fashion, Cooking, Beauty, Reviews, Travel and Expat Lifestyle too!

 

Mummy on my MindName: Zeyna Sanjania
Location: Dubai, UAE
Blog: Mummy on My Mind

How did you start blogging?

I began blogging to keep an online diary of motherhood a few months after Baby Z was born. I wanted to share my experiences of parenthood with others as well as keep those memories fresh. Being a stay at home Mum, I also wanted a creative outlet, where I could develop my passion for writing. Read more

Mom, Partner, Sister, Daughter, Friend. Pinay Blogger currently living in Dubai, UAE. I blog about expat life, beauty, food, being a mom … and everything else in between.

A B & Me Blogger in Focus: Green Living in Dubai

 

Green Living in Dubai

Green Living in Dubai

Name: Amruta Kshemkalyani
Location: Dubai, UAE
Blog: Green Living in Dubai

How did you start blogging?

While working in construction industry as sustainability consultant, I realized the need of sustainability awareness in society, especially in UAE back in 2009. To spread the awareness about sustainable lifestyle I started writing this blog, where I share my knowledge and experience of living sustainable or green. Read more

Mom, Partner, Sister, Daughter, Friend. Pinay Blogger currently living in Dubai, UAE. I blog about expat life, beauty, food, being a mom … and everything else in between.

A B & Me Blogger in Focus: Baby Globetrotters

Welcome to the first Blogger in Focus 2.0 ๐Ÿ™‚ Today we are featuring Keri Hedrick of Baby Globetrotters. Enjoy!

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Hi, Iโ€™m Keri – founder of Baby Globetrotters; a blog and social media network aimed at encouraging, inspiring and preparing parents for the reality of world travel and living abroad with a family. Originally from Australia, then London I am now a mum of three in Abu Dhabi balancing my blogging with family, travel and finances.

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Name: Keri Hedrick
Location: Abu Dhabi
Blog: Baby Globetrotters

How did you start blogging?

When we moved to the UAE in 2012 it was the first time I found myself not working full-time, and a stay at home mum! I had long had a desire to be a writer and express myself more than I could in my previous accounting job in London but couldn’t quite find the right outlet; freelancing was near impossible without a portfolio or journalism background.

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Mom, Partner, Sister, Daughter, Friend. Pinay Blogger currently living in Dubai, UAE. I blog about expat life, beauty, food, being a mom … and everything else in between.

A B & Me Blogger in Focus: The Thrift Trip

Merry Christmas everyone!! Obviously this is a scheduled post. (I’m probably still sleeping right now because hey, it’s Christmas!!) Anyhoot, while I’m enjoying the rest of the day with family, here’s our Blogger in Focus for this week. The last Blogger in Focus post for 2014!! 

AB&ME_TheThriftTripName: Joy Caasi
Location: Dubai
Blog: The Thrift Trip – www.thethrifttrip.com

 

How did you start blogging?

I initially started on Tumblr with a few decent followers way back in 2009 and shifted to another platform (Blogger) in 2010. My mentor at the internet industry in the Philippines encouraged me to start a blog and buy a domain name and so I did. I documented my island life when I moved in Boracay last January 2013 and took blogging with me here in Dubai when I moved December last year.

 
What do you write about? 

Other than my personal ramblings and hole-in-the-wall finds, I write about thrift traveling and how to enjoy life simply with the company of people who inspire you.

Tips for new Bloggers? 

Invest in a good domain name if you plan to really move forward in blogging. It’s also decent to have your own, personalized email address.

What are the challenges you face with blogging?

Finding your niche when you move to another place. It took me a while when I moved to Dubai and blogger groups on social networks helped a lot.

What do you do outside of blogging?

I’m a Digital Marketing Executive on weekdays and a hobbyist on weekend – either I take photos, search for places, make sure that my weekend is filled with activities to make sure I’m busy (it gets boring in Dubai sometimes).

Blogs you recommend my readers should read/follow? 

I follow Design Love Fest for DIY ideas, Tricia Gosingtian for travel and fashion, and Secret Squirrel Food for food (she has great Instagram photos of food)! I also follow Pinay Flying High, Fork It Over Dubai, My Fash Diary and Find Me A Break for Dubai Blogs.

3 Random Facts about you

  1. I eat a lot – friends and colleagues can justify my (bad) eating habits. I find happiness in things that go in my tummy.
  2. I easily get fascinated with anything vintage (cars, doors, windows, kitchen pieces, accessories, etc) and ancient cultural heritage.
  3. I think I’m a born artist without knowing it. I appreciate visual arts and can make good ones too (I paint my heart out whenever I’m in the mood).

 Follow Joy in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest! See you next year guys!!

Mom, Partner, Sister, Daughter, Friend. Pinay Blogger currently living in Dubai, UAE. I blog about expat life, beauty, food, being a mom … and everything else in between.

A B & Me Blogger in Focus: On Cloud Zen

Sarah BladenName – Sarah Bladen
Location – Dubai, UAE
Blog: On Cloud Zen (www.oncloudzen.com)

 

 

How did you start blogging?

After quitting my job as editor of a weekly celebrity magazine, I was ready to be a freelance writer. During the summer when I was in Greece, the idea for my blog just flourished and so after coming up with a name for my blog, I contacted a few graphic designers and then it grew from there.  I’m passionate about the mind, body, soul field and wanted to write about it in an authentic, honest and fun way.  

What do you write about?

So, I write about any topic related to the mind, body, soul arena – so everything from yoga and meditation to healthy eating and wellbeing. So I include fun healthy recipes, interviews with yoga practitioners as well as Zen Masters, respected spiritual guides and best-selling authors and motivational speakers.

Tips for new Bloggers?

I think my number one tip is to be passionate about what you are blogging about. This passion will drive you to connect with your readers and keep up the momentum. And don’t be afraid to be authentic and be yourself. It’s also important to listen to your intuition – if you’re having fun and enjoying the process, that’s the main thing.

What are the challenges you face with blogging?

Well, since it’s your blog, there is no-one telling you to write posts – there are no deadlines, it’s all about self-discipline. And some days you feel less motivated than others and so it’s important to try and keep up the spirit of writing on a fairly regular basis.  

What do you do outside of blogging?

I love teaching Zen Meditation and I’m also learning to be a Chakradance facilitator. I love practising Hatha and Kundalini yoga and going horse riding in the desert. I also love reading and painting.

Blogs you recommend my readers should read/follow?

I recommend you follow anything that captivates you!

3 Random Facts about you

  1. I’m a Taurean
  2. I was born in Belgium
  3. I once lived in Beirut for 7 months

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I met Sarah a few months ago during my visit to Zuri Restaurant. It was a fun meeting over a good meal. ๐Ÿ™‚ Follow On Cloud Zen on Facebook, Instagram and @oncloudzen on Twitter

Mom, Partner, Sister, Daughter, Friend. Pinay Blogger currently living in Dubai, UAE. I blog about expat life, beauty, food, being a mom … and everything else in between.

A B & Me Blogger in Focus : Nadia Masood

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Name: Nadia Masood
Location: Dubai, UAE
Blog: www.nadiamasood.com

 

 

How did you start blogging?

I returned from my first trip to India in 2008 with so many stories and pictures to share with my family. This was when I decided that a blog would be the best platform to keep everyone updated about our trips and life here in the UAE. I started with Blogspot and then soon moved to WordPress. It’s been 6 years and I can’t imagine not having a blog now.

What do you write about?

I mostly write about travel and restaurant reviews. I would occasionally blog about recipes as well. But itโ€™s travel writing that Iโ€™m truly passionate about and I hope that readers learn something new whenever they read the blog.

Tips for new Bloggers?

You need to have passion, authenticity, and consistency in order to sustain the blog and keep the readers interested. If you donโ€™t enjoy blogging, it will reflect in the quality of your posts. And donโ€™t always offer to write for free. If you want to make money out of your blog, invest in getting your own domain. Also, social media is the best way to drive traffic to your blog.

What are the challenges you face with blogging?

Lack of time. I work full time, look after my family, and do almost all the household chores myself so I hardly get time to sit and write.

What do you do outside of blogging?

I work as a Quality Assurance Engineer. When out of the office, I enjoy long drives, reading, and baking.

Blogs you recommend my readers should read/follow?

  • Fooderati Arabia – A group of talented food bloggers in the UAE.
  • Nomadic Matt โ€“ A brilliant travel writer that I follow.
  • Londoneya โ€“ A young lady whose passion for photography and writing shines through her posts.

3 Random Facts about you:

  1. When cooking or baking alone, I sometimes pretend that Iโ€™m hosting a food show.
  2. Being alone in a dark room terrifies me.
  3. I never get tired of driving.

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And that concludes another feature. You can find Nadia on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well. Thank you Nadia for participating in A B & Me Blogger in Focus series. ๐Ÿ™‚

 
Mom, Partner, Sister, Daughter, Friend. Pinay Blogger currently living in Dubai, UAE. I blog about expat life, beauty, food, being a mom … and everything else in between.

A B & Me Blogger in Focus : WanderCrush

So delighted to feature another blogger from the UAE. I am loving the updates on her adventures! Maybe one day I would also climb Mt. Kiliminjaro, run a marathon and do awesome stuff. But for now, let’s start December  edition of Blogger in Focus with … 

DSC_0163-682x1024Name: Rachael Harrison
Location: Dubai, UAE
Blog: WanderCrush

 

How did you start blogging?

I began blogging back in 2011. At the time I was living in Cairo during the revolution and I wanted to document my experience. This didn’t last very long and ‘real life’ took over. It was only really in 2013 that I began blogging again, and I am now writing articles and posting a couple of times a week. I recently had a bit of an overhaul and a think about the direction the blog was heading in, and WanderCrush was born!

What do you write about?

WanderCrush covers a range of topics, with the underlying theme of travel and discovery, be it self discovery through facing challenges (such as climbing Kilimanjaro and running marathons), or the discovery of new and unique things to do in Dubai. In my mind, it’s about all of the little things that we fall in love with as we live and travel, and making the most of the world around us. I also feature photography posts on a weekly basis, and the photographs that accompany the blog posts are all taken by me, to hopefully inspire others to get out there and explore!

Any tips for new Bloggers?

I’ve learnt a lot since I started blogging and am still learning everyday. Number one would be to treat blogging like a job – posts should be regular and engaging with good quality photographs to catch your readers’ attention. Secondly, make sure you like the name of your blog! My blog was originally called something else and in the end I decided that I didn’t like it for various reasons. I recently changed it, and thankfully, because it was quite a new blog, it was ok. Thirdly, network with other bloggers! Follow them and share and like their posts. We can all learn from each other and I love reading other Dubai blogs in particular. Finally, don’t share every single part of your life.

What are the challenges you face with blogging?

A lot of people have said this, but it’s really hard to find the time to sit down and write, especially when you don’t get paid for it. There always seems to be something more urgent to do. I take and edit my own photographs, so this part alone seems to take forever, and that’s before I’ve written a word! But try to keep motivated by engaging with readers and thinking up new and exciting posts.

What do you do outside of blogging?

I was previously a teacher, but am now setting up my own business, which should hopefully be operational in January or February next year. As hobbies, I enjoy running and of course travel and photography! I am also getting married next year, so a lot of time is currently spent wedding planning.

Blogs you recommend my readers should read/follow?

As I’m wedding planning at the moment, I am addicted to blogs such as My Lovely Wedding, Bride Club ME and Lace in the Desert! Otherwise, I really enjoy Hippie in Heels as I’ve not been to India yet and it makes me really excited to visit one day. I also love the UAE food bloggers such as Coffee Cakes and Running as they have pictures of yummy food which makes me very hungry indeed!

3 Random Facts about you

  1. My degree is in History, and I studied for it at the University of York.
  2. I spent my 30th birthday in Hawaii and prior to this had two 2nd Augusts after crossing the International Dateline in a plane from Manilla to Honolulu!
  3. It is my dream to see the Northern Lights…maybe next year?!

 You can also find Rachael in FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest

 

 

Mom, Partner, Sister, Daughter, Friend. Pinay Blogger currently living in Dubai, UAE. I blog about expat life, beauty, food, being a mom … and everything else in between.

A B & Me Blogger in Focus : Ken Surat

I’m so excited for this next feature. I learned about this guy in one of Lady‘s posts in Instagram. I’m amazed at his vision and crafty-ness. I like his blog, I like his sunny personality. Get to know him more … 

kensuratName: Kenneth Ephraim Surat
Location: Citizen of the WORLD :P….Ok Dubai it is.
Blog: www.kennethsurat.com

How did you start blogging?

I started blogging when Multiply was still a thing. In reality, during my university, I was very insecure sharing my thoughts in written form but when I started telling my travel stories online during my trip in China and people started telling me that they are inspired to travel whenever they read my blog, that’s when I fell in love with blogging.

What do you write about?

Mostly Travel and Food (I am trying to stick with this..cause my mind can be a little bit here and there haha)

Tips for new Bloggers?

Just write what you are passionate about and not let anyone dictate you. Also, don’t be stagnant, always look at areas where you need to improve (especially that the internet is organic and it grows, you should grow as well).

What are the challenges you face with blogging? 

Mostly the technical stuff (if I am not stuck thinking if my grammar/tenses are correct). SEO, HTML + Me don’t mix!

What do you do outside of blogging?

I am an Architect, The owner of Surat Journals and founder of The Traveling Journal Project. I love to travel, to paint, draw and anything DIY, I love to sing and I am a frustrated musical theater actor (LOL..frustrated meaning really frustrated)

Blogs you recommend my readers should read/follow?

www.nomadicmat.com, www.wanderingearl.com, www.worldofwanderlust.com, www.twomonkeystravelgroup.com and www.justonewayticket.com. Also for additional dosage of inspirations, you should watch DEPARTURES TV Series (all episodes are in YouTube)

 3 Random Facts about youโ€‹

  1. My favorite country so far is Norway
  2. I was part of a musical group that toured all over Dubai (We were like Modhesh touring around the malls) called……..secret
  3. My 2 dream destinations today are Peru and Iceland

He is known as @kennethsurat  on Instagram and Twitter. You can follow his social media sites here: www.kennethsurat.tumblr.comwww.suratjournals.comwww.facebook.com/thetravelingjournalproject and www.thetravelingjournalproject.com

Mom, Partner, Sister, Daughter, Friend. Pinay Blogger currently living in Dubai, UAE. I blog about expat life, beauty, food, being a mom … and everything else in between.